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Published March 26th 2015
Playing and Shopping in tranquil park surrounds
Where can you take your children to ride their bikes or to a playground, take a walk along wetlands, watch beautiful birds, enjoy coffee and a meal or coffee and cake, and do your shopping? Ackland Park, Pane di Fiore Patisserie Bakery Cafe and Narre Warren North Plaza.
The children's playground, set in the sweeping lawns of Ackland Park, boasts a strap swing, a toddler swing, a slide, monkey bars, climbing ropes, and a fish shaped spring rocker for toddlers. The playground area is mulched and there are bench seats where parents can watch on in comfort.
The BMX track is a clay and sand dirt track with gentle jump mounds and valleys. Safety requirements are well signed and there are bench seats overlooking the course, which can also be viewed from the playground.
A wetlands extends along the back of the park and plaza, between Oakview and Ripplebrook Boulevardes. Ducks and purple swamphens are easily sighted. A bridge crosses behind the plaza to a walking path along Ripplebrook Boulevarde
Narre Warren North Plaza viewed from the Ackland Park wetlands
. Pane di Fiore Patisserie Bakery Café is at the plaza. Choose lunch from the sandwich bar, or from a selection of hot pies. Indulge in one, or more, of the cakes and sweets. The coffee is good and bread is fresh daily. There is indoor seating but on a fine day you might prefer to sit at the outdoor tables or get take away to sip and nibble while you watch the children play in the park.
Enjoy the outdoors at Pane di Fiore Patisserie Bakery Cafe
Ackland Park is young and trees planted within are yet to grow to the magnificent shade trees they will become but the park is edged along Memorial Drive and Main Street by part of Narre Warren North's Avenue of Honour which commemorates World War One. The English Oak Trees were planted here in 1919 and the avenue was rededicated on Anzac Day (April 25th) of 2004.
One of the many purple swamphen at the Ackland Park wetlands
The park is criss-crossed with paths and an ideal place for a quiet stroll. Shaded seating is available at picnic tables in Claire Robinson Park across the road on the corner of Robinson Road and Memorial Drive.
Ackland Park is on the corner of Robinson Road and Main Street, Narre Warren North, VIC, 3804. The BMX track and a children's playground have overlooking park benches. The wetlands at the back of the park stretch between Oakview and Ripplebrook Boulevardes with a walking path across the bridge on Ripplebrook Boulevarde. The park can be accessed on foot from Robinson Road, Memorial Drive, Main Street, Oakview Boulevarde or Ripplebrook Boulevarde and by car via the plaza.