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Ainslie Park, Croydon

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published April 16th 2019
Park yourself here to watch a game and the kids playing
Can be accessed from Maroondah Highway or Ainslie Park Drive. The park is dominated by a football/cricket oval and is home to the Ainslie Park Cricket Club and the East Ringwood Junior Football Club.

Park sign
Park entrance sign.

On my two visits to the park, locals were using the oval as an off-leash dog play area, while another small group were playing kick-to-kick with a football. A good use of public space when not needed for the intended purpose of the area.

Lady & Dog
The oval is often used by dog owners

At the southern end is the Croydon West Girl Guides. Adjacent to the guide hall is a basketball court and a practice half court area.

Girl & basketball
Plenty of practice available.

Basketball courts and half courts are almost a must at many parks as the sport increases in popularity.

Girl & basketball
More practice

Next to the guide hall is a cricket practice area featuring three practice pitches, a facility that a lot of cricket clubs don't have.

Cricket practice area
The cricket practice area.

A playground is a feature of the park with a small range of play equipment.

A general view of the play area.

Play ground
Kick-to-kick in the background

A balancing act

Bordering one side of the park is the Ainslie Parklands Primary School and the other side hosts the Melba Secondary College and their theatre and gymnasium.

school sign
One of the schools bordering the park

Theatre sign
The theatre is accessed from the park

Very little bird life was noted. Only a pair of crested pigeons and a very noisy murder of crows.

A crested pigeon

Ainslie Park is one of a growing number of previously just a sports ovals to now offer playgrounds and a base for community groups such as scouts and girl guides.

There is off street parking from both ends of the park.

Would be a good place to watch local football and cricket and watch your children in the play areas.
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Where: Carparking can be accessed off Ainslie Park Avenue and Brentnall Road.
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