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Brooklyn Park is a western suburb of the South Australian capital of Adelaide. It is located on Kaurna land, immediately north-east of Adelaide Airport and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) base on Sir Donald Bradman Drive. It is bound on the north by Henley Beach Road, on the east by Marion Road, and on the west by the Kooyonga Golf Club on May Terrace.

Brooklyn Park is approximately 5.8 kilometers away from the Adelaide coast and 5.5 kilometers away from the Adelaide Central Business District. Lockleys Post Office opened on 1 September 1904 and was renamed Brooklyn Park in 1967.Brooklyn Park now includes a subdivision that was originally named Bismarck; it was changed by the Nomenclature Committee to "Weeroopa" in 1918.From 1925, Brooklyn Park was the 6 acres (2.4 ha) site of the transmitting station for radio 5CL, which became an ABC station in 1929. It was then joined by facilities for the second ABC station, 5AN, ten years later. In 1961, with the commissioning of the new Pimpala transmitters, the facility was closed down, then demolished, and has now been replaced by medium-density housing. Reasons for the shift include proximity to Adelaide Airport, encroaching suburbia, and the perceived need to upgrade to more powerful transmitters and a taller, more efficient antenna.

As an area with significant horse racing heritage, Brooklyn Park was home to the Stables of Jack McGowan (Jacks father-in-law rode the winner of the 1870 Melbourne Cup and 1871 Australian Cup on "Nimblefoot"). Jack was one of five brothers who were all jockeys (and at one time famously all rode in the same race at Ballarat ).

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