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Coal Dam Park

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by Harry F (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. I enjoy gardening and films. I have appeared in several local short films.
Published June 23rd 2018
From rumble of steam engines to sounds of birds
Sometimes just walking amongst new residential areas you come across surprises. One such gem is a little-hidden park which is surrounded by new townhouses but is only a short walk from Midland train station.

This strangely named park has in its centre a lake surrounded by a fence with a paved path around the entire lake. This makes it completely safe for families with young children and seniors to wander around the park.

The name of the park comes from the fact that this used to be a smaller reservoir to supply water to locomotives in the 1890's. After World War 2, the capacity of the reservoir was expanded to its present size. When the final steam locomotives were phased out in the 1970's, the dam was no longer required. Luckily the local council decided to retain the area and turn it into a parkland.

There is also some artwork by the Perth artist Anne Neil throughout the parkland.

On the northern side of the lake, a small vegetable garden is maintained by children from the Woodbridge Primary School.

Though there is no playground here, there are park benches throughout the park. This is a worthwhile place to visit to not only watch and appreciate the birdlife in the lake but the history of this area as well.

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Why? To enjoy an unusual historical park
When: Anytime of the year
Where: Coal Dam Park
Cost: Free to visit park
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