IELTS graph 321 - A public park in 1920 and today

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Maps:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The plans below show a public park when it first opened in 1920 and the same park today.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

You should write at least 150 words.

Map of a public park when it first opened in 1920 and today


Model Answer:

The maps outline the changes that took place in a public park called Grange Park from 1920 to today. Overall, the park was changed and renovated to offer people more possibilities than they used to have decades ago such as a cafe, theatre, playground and parking.

In details, the park was opened in 1920 and entertainment facilities including a larger stage and various areas for recreation have since been added to it. There was also notable relocation in terms of seats and the only areas that remained unchanged were the entrances and one minor garden. Besides, the fountain has been removed in favour of a rose garden with full seating arrangements around it. To the left of the new garden, the previous stage for musicians has been turned into a much larger amphitheatre facing the opposite direction that will allow for concerts in the park. This change has necessitated the removal of both seatings on the far left side as well as the rose garden in the bottom left corner of the map.

Moreover, the pond for water plants was removed from the right -top part of the garden and a children's play area was introduced in the right-top of the park, and near this area, a cafe was built. Instead of the pond, a water feature has been built occupying the bottom right corner. Interestingly, the number of rose gardens was reduced to two. Besides, an underground car park was built in the lower right corner of the park.

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The changes in a public park are demonstrated in the given two pictures.

Overall, obviously, a comparison of the two pictures reveals that the park got more touch of urbanisation. The park area went through significant developments and the only area that was left unchanged was the rose garden.

In terms of the left side of the park, the seats, which originally were located to the west of the park, changed the location to the centre of the park. Similarly, one of the rose gardens was relocated to the centre, however, another one remained unchanged in the northwest of the park. There used to be a stage for musicians, now there is an amphitheatre for concerts in the southern part of the rose garden.

regarding the right side of the area, the rose garden and pond which were situated to the northeast of the park were transformed into a cafe and a children's play area, respectively. The decision to demolish the water feature paved the way for the construction of the glasshouse and seats. Furthermore, the underground car park area has been built considering the comfort of the visitors.

1) This is labeled up above as graph Writing - Pie Charts, but obviously it is a Comparative Maps exercise.

2) At a 250 word answer, it is certainly robust and detailed - but the length of a T2 base task. I try to target my own students for 185+/- (NEVER over 200!) for time constraints, and courtesy to the markers, as well.