IELTS® Listening Practice 125

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Listening Script Vocabulary

(Section 2: You will hear a tour guide talking to a group of visitors at the Memorial Oak Park. First, you will have some time to look at questions 11 to 14 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 14.)

Welcome to everyone here today! Can you all hear me clearly enough? Good!

I'm Jenny, your guide for this tour of Memorial Oak Park. I hope everyone here remembered to wear their walking shoes! You'll need them to keep up. With that, let's get started on our tour around this amazing park.

I'll start today with some useful information on the park's history.

Up until the early 1950s, there were quite a few factories around here. To create the park you see today, all of these old, unkempt buildings had to be demolished, and so most of what you'll see here was originally the site of warehouses and storehouses. A land developer first proposed the idea of a high-rise housing development here, but that didn't appeal much to those from the local community. Instead, locals began discussing plans for a public park.  

If anything was going to be done to improve the land here, they wanted it to be for their benefit.

Locals expressed interest in having a wide, open space, rather than more buildings or even an indoor sports complex. Now, to Memorial Oak Park itself.

The park has two main spaces, a natural reservation and a garden park, which is maintained regularly by landscapers. This spiraling red-and-grey building in front of us is known as 'The Block.' It forms the center of the garden park. The Block is thirteen meters tall, so let's climb these stairs to where we can catch a glimpse of some beautiful views.

(Before you hear the rest of the talk, you will have some time to look at questions 15 to 20 [20 seconds]. Now, listen and answer questions 15 to 20.)

Well, here we are standing at the top of The Block. Let's take a look around us. 

About a kilometer west of here, you'll see that group of buildings on the training grounds.

There's an indoor gym for gymnastics, a covered track for track and field and a swimming pool for diving, synchronized swimming, and races. If you look closely below, you'll be able to spot the train tracks. The training groups have their own train station in order to promote public transport. There is also a parking lot right nearby the station, although it is rather small. The garden park has a few water features that are quite unique.

If you look out here to the south, you can see a round decorative pond. And around to the east you can relax and sit on a bench to smell the roses in the flower garden, and finally up to the north, if you look ahead there, you'll see a lake with some land in the middle. You can rent rowing boats at the boat dock to get there, which is an area you can't quite see from here. However, if you look slightly north through the trees, you can see the bistro, which offers a peaceful location to take a rest. 

OK, let's head back down. We will go now and have a look at the natural reservation part of the park, which offers the chance to visit a natural swamp. The mangroves have been made more accessible to visitors with the raised wooden path, built during recent renovations to the park. We thought that most visitors here would want to see the unusual plants, but in fact it's more often used for riding bikes and is a favorite spot with the local cyclists. This is the far end of the park and over there you can see the Frog Pond, a natural landmark that was around before the park was designed. Right near there we have our outdoor classroom, a popular choice for school parties. The area is now most often used by primary schools for biology lessons.

And finally, we can take a look at the Migratory Bird Refuge. This area is part of an estuary, and is sheltered, making it a great spot for birdwatchers who can use their binoculars to get a better look at the birds. There are many kinds of water birds here, but most visitors are interested in seeing the geese when they come to the shelter. If you look now, you might even see one for yourself! And now, we've arrived back where we started at the visitor center.

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