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Cat Jump Park

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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 May 17th 2020
Not a Cat in Sight
This rather large suburban park has access points from several streets.

park entrance sign
The entrance from Leslie Street.

Within the park, there is a playground, rebound wall, basketball ring and a soccer goal. The small playground has some strategically placed trees to provide shade over the play equipment.

playground
The small shaded playground.

The main access point is from Leslie Street. The park is not fenced and one of the wide gravel entrance paths passes through a short avenue of trees. A shady welcome on a hot day.

Avenue of trees
The short avenue of trees entrance.

The path that circumnavigates the park would be just over one kilometre in length, with the top part quite steep in parts, making the full circuit difficult for wheelchairs. However, there is a path that short circuits the steep path and only has mild rises and falls.

man walking.
A local resident exercising past the playground.


children playing
Children playing on a steep path.

It is a well-maintained park with landscaped areas bordering the perimeter. No birds were seen and heard during my visit.

grass play area.
Part of the large expanse of grass in the centre of the park.

Close inspection of trees can be a rewarding experience such as flower pods on a gum tree.

budding gumnuts.
Future gum nuts

Another interesting observation in parks and reserves is the different types of barks on trees.

pine bark
Close up of pine tree bark.


gum tree bark.
Peeling bark from gum trees.

New plantings of shrubs along the landscaped areas will ensure that will become more attractive in the future.

young pine tree
A future pine tree.

My visit was on a warm autumn Saturday morning and many local residents were out and about enjoying the warm sunshine.

couple walking
A local couple enjoying their walk.

The large open expanse of grass is ideal for ball games, a picnic on the grass or walking your dog. It is an off-lead area for dogs, providing the usual rules of being no closer than 15 metres of the playground and any other sporting activity are followed.

people in park
What? No cats.

At the top end of the park, there is a magnificent stand of mature pine trees. They are closely spaced and walking through them gives the feeling of entering a dark forest, emphasised by the dark trunks, especially if they are in shadow.

pine forest.
Entering a black forest.


pine forest.
In a black forest.

The main beneficiaries of Cat Jump Park would be residents, their children and their dogs. Surprisingly, no cats were seen. Perhaps they jumped at the sight of dogs.


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Where is this part situated please?
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