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Published December 17th 2014
A Game or Two for You Know Who
I want to be the spinner!
This fabulous reserve is near the old Pentridge Prison (active until 1999), bordered by Sydney Road, Newlands Road and Gaffney Street. It's only about ten minutes drive or a tram ride from the city.
The lake is a central feature
Several playgrounds are located throughout the park. These are nestled amongst the gardens and next to the lake. If you like to watch wildlife you will love the Coburg Lake Reserve. Ducks, swans and birds are happily co-habitating with people. My son was thrilled to see a man fishing as he'd been nagging me to do the same. The next time we visit we will have to go with rods, bait and tackles.
This is a popular place for families especially on special event days like Easter, birthdays and Christmas. The flying fox and other adventurous equipment for daredevils are very appealing to children (and adults). Attractive artworks such as impressive mosaics and unique seating are scattered around.
This is the only public playground that I know of that has a permanent outdoor twister game. This is lot of fun as it is big enough for several people to participate. There is a large spinner on the side like in the original twister game.
Right leg blue, left hand red
There are many walking tracks and a well equipped outdoor gym. We always give it a bit of a workout just for the fun of it. I found out I am as fit as I thought I was (not very!)
Warm up on the outdoor gym equipment
There is also an amphitheatre, undercover gazebo for shade on a hot day, free BBQ facilities throughout the park (which were amazingly clean), and lots of seating. I'm sure there's a bit more for us to discover if we venture a bit further from our preferred spot. All they need now is an outdoor cinema and I would set up camp there.
My parents and I were migrants who settled in Brunswick in the mid-1950s. I have very fond childhood memories of walking from Brunswick to the Lake with my parents on Sundays and also cycling with my mates to catch tadpoles, frogs, and hunt for tubifex worms for my tropical fish. I also recall Italian men catching eels in the main lake. I visited the lake during every season for many years and still go there, now with my own kids, when back in Melbourne. There's a special part of the lake where I want my ashes to be spread when the time comes. Hopefully not in the near future!