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Canterbury Gardens

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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 January 22nd 2020
Not Canterbury Tales, Just Playground
The play area is the focus of this article. The area itself has a playing field, kindergarten, tennis courts and many other activities and facilities. The sign informs of all the activities available.

garden sign
Lots to do.

Of interest to playground groupies, the facilities include a toilet block, BBQ, and undercover picnic area.

General view showing undercover facilities.

The play equipment is quite extensive, with a couple of items more suitable for older children. There is a sit-up bench, a body twist, body pulls, push-ups and an aerobic cycle. All these items come with signed instructions on how to get the most benefit from them.

Aerobic cycle
An aerobic cyclist.

The whole area of the smaller children's play area is mulched to give a very soft landing, should any of the young ones cease to be vertical.

Playground mulch
The soft mulch around the play area.

A feature of many play areas these days are basketball hoops. Canterbury Gardens boasts two, with one having a backboard.

junior basketballer
He thinks he's Ben Simmons.

My second visit was during school holidays and the undercover picnic area was well patronised by several mothers, with their offspring enjoying the playground equipment, while they enjoyed whatever mothers do when congregating.

A couple of the park benches in the area featured carvings on their wooden backrests. A snake and a fish were two that stood out.

serpent seat
The serpent seat.

Fish seat
The fish seat.

The area around the perimeter of the play area is nicely presented with trees, shrubs and native grasses. There were a few small grassy areas where small ball games could be played.

Some of the small grassy areas.

Some of the shrubs were in flower, which adds to the ambiance of this almost secluded playground.

One of the few blooms.

This one looked nice.

There is an off street car park and that is also landscaped around the perimeter.

Don't get too close to this one.

The only avian activity noticed was an occasional noisy miner, although they were seen rather than heard.

noisy miner in tree
Not his best angle.

Canterbury Gardens seems to be a hub for local families with plenty of activities apart from the playground.

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Why? More than just a few swings.
When: anytime
Where: Allambanan Drive, Bayswater. Melways map: 65. B.1.
Cost: Free
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