Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published September 30th 2012
Fun in Strathpine
Bob Bell Park dominates quite a large space beside Leamonth Street, Strathpine, and is not far from the local Westfield Shopping Centre and busy Gympie Road (the main road going through the north side of Brisbane). Bob Bell Park backs directly onto the South Pine River which flows from the foothills of Mount Glorious to converge with the North Pine River at Lawnton, Strathpine's neighbour. Bob Bell Park boasts a decent-sized playground, a handball court, cricket pitch, seating in the shade, a water bubbler, bike path and ample car parking.
Bob Bell Park is a great place for the whole family. Pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket and relax in the shade of the trees or take advantage of the gazebo-style seating for a meal with your family. This park doesn't provide barbeque facilities but a pre-prepared meal for a fun day in the sun is perfect. The kids have the playground, handball court, cricket pitch and the bounteous grounds to run amok in, whilst the adults can chat away over lunch, finish that book, do some fishing or even join in with the kids. Hey, adults are just 'big kids', right?
The playground at Bob Bell Park will mainly entertain younger kids. The playground features swings (one for a baby/toddler), slides, a fort, a small climbing ladder, a three-way see-saw and a spinning/balancing plaything. White sand covers the ground of the play area, so bringing along a few toys and buckets for sand-play isn't out of the question either. The playground is partially shaded by the foliage of large trees but hats and sunscreen should still be worn at all times.
Older children will be entertained by the provision of the park's handball court and cricket pitch. Bring a tennis ball for the court, a bat and ball for cricket and they should be set. If neither of those takes their fancy the grounds are also large enough to accommodate other ball sports such as football, soccer and catch, giving the bigger kids plenty of options in which to have fun and exercise.