Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
Published September 12th 2015
Beauty Park, Living up to Its Name
A formal garden of hedges and neatly clipped ornamental grass beneath a towering conifer are the first I see of Beauty Park as I walk from Frankston's business hub, only a few minutes away. Even before I see the lake I am drawn to this wedge of green. At the entrance to the park in Young Street visitors are greeted by a semi abstract Deborah Halpern sculpture, a brightly coloured mosaic lined family, standing arm in arm. It is a fitting introduction to this family park.
The Deborah Halpern Sculpture at the Young Street Entrance
The lake edged by reeds, sits at the western end of Beauty Park. At each end of the lake are generously sized viewing platforms fitted with safety railing. The platforms which extend out over the water are a great vantage point to take in the magnificent surrounds and to watch the abundant birdlife.
Seagulls are here in numbers. Welcome Swallows flit above the water, eager to snap up tiny insects. A pair of Little Black Cormorants are perched atop the railing drying their wings and not far from them a Little Pied Cormorant stretches its neck as if it to reach some unseen thing. Pacific Black Ducks and Mallards are swimming on the lake and a Purple Swamp Hen has emerged from the reeds to scratch about on the ground.
The Children's Palyground and Sheltered Picnic Area
A path near the carpark entrance leads to the east end of the lake and a BBQ and picnic area. There are two BBQs and some picnic tables and seating in the open. A young lady sits at a table in the sun reading a book. Beneath an imposing sand stone lined shelter there are several more sets of tables and seats and there is a drinking fountain by the path.
A Pied Cormorant and Seagulls on the Young Street Viewing Platform
A father watches his child enjoying the playground. A cubby house, a slide and a significant rope climbing net have certainly captured the young lad's attention. His mother is laying on a blanket on the grass enjoying the pleasant spring sunshine.
Beyond the picnic area and playground the path leads to an expanse of rolling lawns, more than big enough for an impromptu ball game. Continue on this path to walk the length of the park which ends at Yuille Street, or turn onto another which skirts around the base of the grassed area past native plantings. Eucalypts, paperbarks and native shrubbery frame a creek line of boulders and river pebbles. One of the three outdoor fitness stations in the park is here.
On the other side of the park which is much longer than it is wide, paperbark trees are twisted and gnarled. There are mature palms and conifers and well as native trees and all are placed for best effect.
A path along High Street takes me back to the entrance. A toddler comes past on his trainer bicycle, while his mother follows behind, his little sister in a pusher and their dog on a lead. An elderly lady headed in the opposite direction remarks on the lovely weather and takes a seat at a park bench to rest for a spell. There are park benches at comfortable intervals.
Beauty Park is at the Corner of Young and High Streets in Frankston. It is free to entry and accessible all the time. There is a car park off Young Street although this seems to be rather busy. A Frankston City Centre Parking Map can be downloaded from this website. There are BBQ's, picnic tables and seating but no public toilets. For more information ring the City of Frankston on 1300 322 322 or check their website.