At Forest Avenue Reserve you'll find a large oval, with a playground for the kids. The space is shared with Black Forest Primary School, so it is not available for play at any time of the day. Head here between 5pm and 9pm on Weekdays, and 12pm and 9pm on Weekends. Unfortunately you can't bring your dog with you, because they aren't allowed at the reserve.
The open space at Forest Avenue is like a large school oval. There is plenty of space to run around, but the grass is fairly kicked up from over-use. This would be a great area for playing ball games like soccer or football, or you could use the space for fun things like flying kites for playing with the frisbee. It isn't particularly well suited for picnics, but there are picnic tables on the reserves that you can use. You unfortunately won't find any barbecue facilities here.
The playground is fairly large, and contains lots of different activities for the kids to enjoy. There are numerous climbing frames and multiple slides. The equipment is designed so that there are some aspects that may challenge older children, and other parts that are perfectly suited to younger ones. It can be used by children of all ages.
One of the interesting features of Forest Avenue Reserve is their native garden, which they claim is recreating a patch of 'The Black Forest'. There are beautiful native plants and shrubs, and an interesting path to walk through. This is not only a lovely thing to see, but it is also educational if you want to teach the kids about native and introduced plants and animals.
Overall Forest Avenue Reserve is a great park to enjoy, the only disappointment is that it cannot be used more often. The hours are a little limiting, especially for parents with younger children who might find that between 5pm and 9pm on a weekday is a bit too late to take their kids to the park. It is still worth a visit if you get a chance during its available hours.