I count myself lucky to be born in Australia's coffee capital of Melbourne and love to write about what's on in my home town.
Published May 28th 2012
Located within the inner eastern greenbelt that abuts Gardiners Creek, Ashburton's leafy reputation is well deserved. Ashburton Park may not be the most elaborate or modern of the area's many parklands, but it is certainly popular.
Community spirit and participation is high amongst Ashburton residents, and Ashburton Park is home to a number of local clubs, including soccer, cricket and scouts. It is also a popular after-school venue for students of nearby Ashburton Primary School who still have energy to burn.
Located just a few minutes' walk from Ashburton Shopping Village and the train station, Ashburton Park is generously proportioned, and features a full sized oval, playground, shaded picnic tables and barbecue.
The playground is situated at the rear of the park fronting Fakenham Road which, aside from during school drop off and pick up times, is quite peaceful. Equipment caters well to a broad range of skill levels: toddlers will love the low-lying timber boat and bridge, whilst primates - whoops! I mean primary school kids - will delight in making each other giddy as they whiz across the flying fox and around in circles on the spinning tea cup.
The park is also a favourite amongst dog owners, as it is one of only three 'off leash' parks in Ashburton. The oval is particularly handy if your dog requires large amounts of exercise or is easily distracted by passing traffic.