Nothing feels better than the warmth of the sun lingering on your back, and the feeling of grass between your toes. Central Park is the idyllic spot to lie on your back and watch the clouds roll past, as children giggle in the distance and dogs frolic past with their owners. Does it sound inviting enough yet?
How about bringing a rug and setting up a picnic in the sunshine, or opt for a shaded spot under the vast array of trees? Children will play in the distance; some bring their kites to fly, whilst others engage in sport with their friends.
Central Park may not be quite as exciting as the park in New York that shares it's name, but it is one of the best parks I've come across in the East. It boasts a walking track that traces its diameter, and is roughly one kilometre the whole way around. This is a popular spot for joggers, walkers and leisurely strollers. You can most definitely create your own fitness circuit, as there is a 'fun and fitness trail that comprises fitness bars and benches located every so often around the trail, which tests your core strength, your arms and even your legs.
If the fitness side is not necessarily your thing, bring your dog and enjoy stretching it legs on the large oval. This is a popular spot for dog training, dog groups, and even letting your dog mingle with others. Everyone is very friendly and have no hesitation with you joining in, and/or playing with their dog if it comes near you.
Next to the large oval is the Green Room, which upon entering, you will hear echoes of relaxing music playing in the background, and you walk around to view the assortment of plants. The carer may be working, and is always up for a chat. Pretty good job huh? He waters the plants whilst listening to soothing music, and the smell will entice your senses into thinking you've entered a rainforest.
Central Park also boasts a playground, which is popular for mothers groups, as well as entertaining your child as you go to your personal fitness class on the oval. A drinking fountain is also located close by, but not just your regular fountain – it is a well-known structure for this park. Both Wattletree Road and Burke Rd play hosts to popular cafes. Juzt Blue overlooks the stunning park, as does Our Kitchen Table. Be sure to stop in for lunch or coffee after your visit to Central Park.