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Edwardes Lake Park

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by Kaye Roberts-Palmer (subscribe)
Kaye Roberts-Palmer is a local culture enthusiast and garden designer who loves all things green and groovy and getting out and about. Discover more of her ponderings at:
Published May 16th 2015
Perfect for picnics, bird spotting and getting out and about
When you ask Reservoir residents what's one of the best things about their area, Edwardes Lake Park always comes up. On the corner of Edwardes Street and Griffiths Street, and at 26 hectares, it's the second largest park in the Darebin municipality and its purpose is to provide recreation and active spaces for the community.

On any weekend it's the united nations of picnickers, with families chatting in a wide range of languages, cooking up a storm on one of the four barbeques or playing with their kids in the newly vamped children's playground. Council has even added a huge slide with its very own hill. I had a go and it's a thrill.

play area, Edwardes Lake Park, barbecue, picnic, kids
Edwardes Lake Park

If it's your first time at the park the main landmark is an old train set up near the entrance, it's a grand old thing and kids love clambering into the driving seat and directing traffic.

Edwardes Lake Park Train
Kids love driving the train

If you're after a quieter experience there are wide pathways alongside the lake's wetland areas, providing wildlife habitat for many water birds that call Edwardes Lake Park home. The Council has bird spotting days where local ornithologists point out the many species of bird to interested groups.

For keen exercisers there are set up exercise stations around the lake and I've seen people swinging from monkey bars, using the ski machine and attempting the mini rock climbing wall.

One of the other main features in the park is the central athletes track, well used by locals and sporting clubs. Plus each year on one special day in March, it's the main arena for the Darebin Community and Kite Festival where thousands of kites of all shapes and sizes glide through the air to the delight of onlookers.

Edwardes Lake Park, training, running athletics track
Popular running track for groups

Best of all Edwardes Lake Park is free and open all year round, so if you want to escape the suburbs, break out of the office, have some fresh air and enjoy the views; Edwardes Lake Park is perfect.

Edwardes Lake Park, water, paths, birds
Views of the lake
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Why? exercise and getting outdoors
When: all year round
Phone: 8470 8888
Where: Corner of Edwardes Street and Griffiths Street
Cost: FREE
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