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Published August 26th 2020
Take a walk on the wild side at your local Victorian park
Water feature at local park
Water feature at local park

So many times, we do not notice our closest parks value. But we do have the nicest and extremely modern or historic parks just a short walk or drive from our home. I will never forget the time I wandered out into the park behind our house for the very first time. It had a historic home, dog off-leash park, cricket pitch and at the very end, a lovely horse agistment area. There was also a VFL/AFL training area. This was all in the middle of Vermont South, behind the new police station.

Buchanan Park & Memorial
Buchanan Park & Memorial

We have moved from that area, but since then, I have always tried to find those park gems. And I have found another one, in Berwick. Again, I found it when I pulled over to take a mobile phone call. It was hidden beside a medical centre. It was ultra-modern and perfect for walking myself or dogs on a lead. It had nice fresh toilets and a ripper playground for the kids.

Enjoy building those little muscles
Enjoy building those little muscles

The path all around the park is nice and flat, wide and safe. With a bit of humour, it is painted with State borders such as Victoria to South Australia. At this time, when we are limited to moving among states, I could enjoy a chuckle at this; I can still cross virtual state borders! I went all over Australia three times during my walk. There is a small skateboard park as well, so not as dangerous as some of the bigger ones with big jumps.

Low levels safe skate park for learning skaters
Low levels safe skate park for learning skaters

And it is set up for dogs walking with another modern innovation of a water tap with designed dog bowl below, filled with water for your pet pooch.

Water feature
Water for yourself and pet pooch

Some of the swings are sculpted wide tires and there is still the good old fashioned merry go round.

Modern toys for girls and boys
Modern toys for girls and boys

There are undercover picnic tables and flash BBQ grills all around.

Great BBQ facilities
Great BBQ facilities

You could spend hours in this park with family and friends. For the moment, see if it is 5k from you and go down with your immediate family. For the moment, some of the park's facilities are closed, but you can walk and enjoy for now and look forward to a spring and summer using it.

old fashioned merry go round
Old fashioned merry go round

It is a lovely treasure with stunning trees. And the flowering wattles are on the go as we get toward spring. There is also a water feature, for all our flying friends, ducks, ravens, even some rosellas. And at the back of the park, it also celebrates our war heroes as a war memorial, lest we forget.

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Why? To get to your local park for fun and exercise
When: 24 hours a day
Where: 74 Clyde Road, Berwick, 3806
Cost: FREE
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