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Beckett Park

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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 February 12th 2020
Beckett Park beckons you
This large park is mostly open grass with many trees, landscaped areas, and lots more.

park entrance
Where we are.

There is an off road car park at the end of Parring Road, which is shut from 8.00 pm until 6.00 am. A sign advises motorists to remove their cars before closing time.

Dogs allowed.

There are two dominant features in the park. An impressive war memorial records the names of local personal who served overseas in World War One.

war memorial
The prominent war memorial.

Another tall stone structure is the Centenary Lookout Tower, built in 1934 to commemorate the centenary of the State of Victoria. It is open to climb to the top and enjoy the view.

Centenary tower.
The centenary lookout tower.

The first 25 stone steps are in a circular stair case, but the last two levels are by almost vertical ladders. Definitely not for the mobility impaired.

tower ladder
The last climb to the top.

A large shaded playground caters for children of all ages, with swings, slides, climbing castle, flying fox and a wooden maze.

The large play ground.

In 1996, several large cypress trees were felled to make way for the above mentioned playground. Four sculptures were carved from those trees by artist Pauline Fraser. They keep watch on the playground.

wooden sculptures
Two of the cypress tree sculptures.

It is said to be a favourite spot for tai chi devotees to practice their art.

Playground and tai chi devotee.

The wide pathways are asphalt and mostly level, so wheelchairs would have no problems.

One of the paths leading to the war memorial.

There were a few flowering bushes in some of the landscaped areas.

flowering bush
One of the flowering bushes.

There are several facilities to make life easier for visitors. Numerous park benches, drinking taps and a toilet block.

The playground, sculpture and drinking fountain.

In one corner of Beckett Park is the large fenced off area of the Beckett Park Indigenous Flora Reserve. A local resident, walking her dog, advised that in spring there were abundant wildflowers in the reserve. I'll be there in spring.

flora reserve sign
Entry to the flora reserve.

Adjacent to Beckett Park is Maranoa Gardens featuring Australian Native Botanic Gardens. That is another article coming soon to Weekend Notes.

Maranoa gardens sign.
Maranoa gardens sign.

It's a good park to visit and enjoy.
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Why? Good for a stroll in the park
When: Between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm.
Where: Parring Road,Balwyn. Melways map:46. G.7.
Cost: Free
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