Microbiologist-turned-homemaker, she is a foodie with a flair for cooking. An avid traveller and voracious reader, she also loves to paint and indulges in photography.
Published January 27th 2016
In the mood to play, picnic or party? Do not look beyond Burwood Park - a park with something on offer for everybody. A squarish patch of green in Burwood suburb, close to Burwood station and Parramatta road, the park is a perfect retreat for idle pastimes. Areawise, it might be a baby before the Centennial park or the Botanic gardens, but it sure does pose a tough competition when it comes to fun and frolic. On one end of the park, Westfield stands with pride facing the prouder War Memorial while the diagonally opposite corner meets the MLC school grounds.
One of the Park Entrances (photo courtesy Chetan Prusty)
Morning hours see a stream of fitness freaks walking or jogging around on the paved tracks trailing along the perimeter of the park or a tai chi and a yoga class in progress while members of the workforce scurry past them. Afternoons are mostly toddlers time. Mothers and grand parents stroll around with tiny tots safely tucked in prams. Others, group together, relaxing on the lawns and chatting while their toddlers busy themselves in infantile pursuits. A group of elderly men can be seen beating their brains over moves (dragging around the life-size pieces) at the huge garden chess board. The park has a shaded play area with various equipments to keep older children engaged. In the late afternoon hours, kids from nearby schools often come with their PT teachers for game practice sessions.
As the sun makes a westward move, the evening crowd starts trickling in. The green turf attracts a steady influx of soccer enthusiasts and cricketers while walkers along with joggers lay claim over the surrounding pathways. The air is often filled with soft musical creations of a lone guitarist or violinist lost in the tempo. Being pet friendly, the park is a convenient spot for owners to walk their dogs. Some late evenings see a trainer bored from the indoors, teaching kick boxing moves to excited participants ready to shake the day's fatigue. Regular tennis coaching is available too.
Burwood Park Community Centre & Tennis Court (photo courtesy Chetan Prusty)
Weekends and holidays attract families for picnicking and barbecues (available near the play area).
Flora and Fauna
Seasonal flowers flourish in beds interspersed across the park body which has a rather magnificent collection of large old trees. The bed of roses is especially charming. Though they occupy only a small portion of the ground, their variety is amazing. Apart from being a recreational facility for humans, the park serves as habitat for a variety of wildlife. An artificial stream and the associated pond are home for a gaggle of Geese and a team of Ducks. Ibises saunter all day long foraging for food. Gulls, Pigeons and Cockatoos flock to the tree-tops and the ground causing a chattering mayhem. After nightfall, an occasional but sudden rustle of leaves somewhere in the overhead canopy might grab your attention. Don't be startled. It will mostly turn out to be a possum curiously peeping at you through the wooden recesses.