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Coleman Reserve & Lewis 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 June 8th 2020
Coleman and lewis, a good duo
Coleman Reserve is a small part of the larger Lewis Park, which boasts three playing fields, tennis courts, skate park, BMX facility and the Melbourne Water Blind Creek Retarding Basin.

retarding basin
Looking across the retarding basin with the Dandenongs in the distance.

There is a sealed, wide, level path around the perimeter of the area, making it ideal for wheelchairs, either self-propelled or pushed.

wheelchair on path.
Very wheelchair friendly.

Coming through.

Cyclists are frequent users of the wide path, as are joggers, walkers and dog walkers.

Can get very busy.

It is an on-leash area and on my walk, our canine friends were plentiful.

Walker with dog.
The southern end borders the Knox Shopping Centre.

The southern part of the path is part of the Blind Creek Trail, which is an 11.5 km walk/cycle from Wantirna South to Boronia.

Walkers with dog.
Along the rim of the basin.

I started my walk from the off-road car park in Coleman Road. This is next to the playground.

reserve sign
Coleman Reserve entrance with playground in the background.

On alighting from the car, my ears heard the gentle strumming of a guitar, accompanied by some soft singing. There, opposite the playground was Colantino, playing and singing songs from Spain, France, Italy and Latin America. A sign on his music stand simply reads, "I don't want money. Just having fun. Enjoy." I did.

guitar player
Colantino strumming.

My walk was on a sunny public holiday and people of all ages were pounding, pawing, strolling and peddling the circuit. It was popular with young cyclists with their parents, learning the art of cycling in a safe and easy environment.

winding path
It's a picturesque walk.

group of cyclists
It's a family outing.

On starting the walk proper, the air was filled with several Noisy miners living up to their name, before settling in a nearby tree. I have noticed many times that on entering a park or reserve the miners fly around loudly calling. Perhaps they are warning others that an intruder approaches.

noisy miners
A tree full of Noisy miners.

noisy miner
A solo performance.

Many Magpies were present, both on the ground and in trees.

Magpie in tree.

Perched high above, on the branch of a dead tree, two Crested Pigeons were oblivious of the camera pointed at them.

crested pigeons
A pair of Crested Pigeons.

Flora wise, there are many stands of trees, both small and large, with gum trees the most numerous. Scattered around all the treed areas were many examples of native grasses.

The only flora colour.

flowering gum
Gum tree bursting into flower.

native grass
A nice specimen.

At the southern end of Lewis Park is a skateboard park and a BMX track, both of which attracted many young participants.

BMX track
The BMX track & skate park.

skate park
It's downhill from here.

The retarding basin is large and has a lower section, which is host to areas of reeds, trees and shrubs and very wet underfoot. The basin was well maintained and had recently been mown.

Patch of reeds in the low spot of the basin.

This walk is ideal for the wheelchair bound with its sealed wide level paths with lots to observe from the safety of the paths, be it flora, fauna, skateboarders and BMX exponents.

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Why? It'a a great relaxing walk, jog or cycle and very easy going.
When: Anytime
Where: Coleman Road, Wantirna South. Melways map: 64. B.10.
Cost: Free
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Sounds good. Just adding it to my written list of things to do. So miss WeekendNotes' feature (no longer working) of being able to add things to the todo list. It was one of the features that really set WeekendNotes apart from other similar sites. Nadine
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