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Botanica Reserve

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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 July 1st 2019
You won't need your pencil sharpener here
Botanica Reserve.
Botanica Drive,
Chirnside Park.

Melways Map 38 A.2.


This is a new reserve, part of the new Cloverlea Estate, on the site of the former Chirnside Park Country Club golf course. It is so new that it is marked on the latest Melways as just an unnamed green area.

Play ground
Overall view of the play area.

It is known by locals as the "pencil park", because the fence posts surrounding the playground are brightly-painted, multi-coloured pencils. It is worth a visit just to see this colourful vista.

pencil fence
The unique fence posts of Botanica Reserve.

The play area has some unique play things to keep children of all ages very occupied. Not all the play items move. A wooden and stone stepping path tests one's balancing ability. A series of totem poles acts as a mini-maze, a large log bench and a little wooden bridge are some of more passive attractions.

Playground
The passive section.


Girl leaping
A non-passive action.

A large rope dome tests the climbing skills of the more adventurous kids. Several swings are there for those who like their playthings to move.

Rope climber
The rope dome for budding mountaineers.

At one end of the playground is a long curved yellow slide. It is a steep climb to the top, but an equally steep descent adds to the enjoyment.

Slide
The big yellow slide.

A blue painted concrete path meanders through the play area giving a very safe area for little ones to practice their scooter skills. The play area is completely fenced with only two entrances.

Scooter
The safe scooter path.

A sheltered picnic table and benches cater for those who bring a picnic lunch and a BBQ is provided for those who want to sizzle a sausage.

Horizontal swing
Relaxing on the horizontal swing.

The play area is only a small part of Botanica Reserve. The rest of the reserve is an open grassy area with a few trees and at the lowest point there is a wetland area with large expanses of reeds. The only water visible was a small pond with very still water and a slightly unpleasant aroma, which would account for no water birds.

Pond
The small pond in the wetland area.

The standard feature of most parks was evident a local resident walking their dog.

Walking the dog.
Walking the dog with play area in the background.

Another almost standard feature was a basketball hoop, which is always popular with older children.

Basket ball court
The popular basketball hoop.

There is a very small off-road car park at the western end of the playground. No toilet facilities are provided.

If you are in the area it will give your kids something unique to see.


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Why? Fun for the kids
Where: Botanica Reserve, Botanica Drive, Chirnside Park
Cost: Free
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You're quite the ambassador for Melbourne's parks.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6529) 19 days ago
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