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Published October 2nd 2014
Try your skill on the flying fox at Windemere Road Park
We are so lucky in South East Queensland to have Councils willing to reserve spacious areas of land for parks and to have our streets lined with trees. Parks have always been our playgrounds and I can remember as a child venturing to the park to slide down the slippery slide, hop on one end of the see-saw whilst my friend was on the other or just swinging aimlessly for hours on the wooden run of the swing held up by long heavy chains. With Workplace and Safety laws now in effect, playground equipment have become much more user friendly with no sharp edges or steaming hot metal slides on a scorching summer day. Often when I'm out driving and come across a park, I will stop and wander through to note the facilities to return at a later date.
On the way to visit my brother I came across Wishart Community Park and was pleasantly surprised by its size. Leaving Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road and turning left into Boyland Street, I travelled around the bend in the street coming across the park on the left. At first glance it appears only a barbeque area and children's playground; however wandering along its pathways I came across a serene lake, more wooden tables and benches for lunch or a picnic and bike paths which were being used. The playground area was covered which is an excellent idea for hot summer days.
Lovely smell of Wattle Bushes as you stroll through Wishart Community Park
The Wishart Community Park Habitat Group which was formed in 2001 conducts bush care activities on the third Saturday of each month. I could see that new trees had been planted and the aroma coming from the Wattle Trees produced a lovely scent. There is always something beautiful about being around nature and I found by brief stay there very relaxing.
The Alexandra Hills Skate Park or otherwise known as Windemere Road Park in The Redlands is quite large in size and has a number of facilities for use. The day I was there, two lads were kicking a soccer ball to each other. Other activities provided for the young and old include a basketball court, fitness equipment, flying fox, skateboard area, undercover table and chairs, undercover playground for children and a large dog free leash activity area. With all the above there is still plenty of room for a game of cricket or Frisbee throwing as you certainly wouldn't feel crowded in this park.
Also in the Redlands, is Brosnan Drive Park and it is not uncommon to see a Koala and baby in the tall Eucalyptus trees. Brosnan Drive Park has playground equipment for children, tables and chairs and a free dog leash area. This area is well utilised and many walk their dogs through the park area or cut through to Ney Road on their way to catch a bus.
Willmann Park, Stubbin Street Belivah in the Logan Shire is also a vast area of land and although the park has only picnic tables there is sign depicting images of a man playing golf and a motorbike which is the indication of what activities can be undertaken there. The size of this area would certainly be excellent to hone your golfing techniques and dogs on a leash are also allowed. The park is dedicated in honour of Norman and Marion Willmann and members of the Downes/Leibinger families who were early pioneers of the area.
Harman's Reserve in Harman Street Manly was named in honour of William Harman and wife Elizabeth who settled in Manly in 1886. Ancient camphor laurel trees stand tall in the park and although the area is small, there are tables provided for picnic lunches or merely to read a book whilst taking in nature's beauty.
No matter how large or small a park, it is wonderful to see people making use of these grassed areas provided throughout Queensland. It gets us out and about and to notice different scenery from what we have in the backyard.