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Forestdale Park

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by Ian McKenzie (subscribe)
Freelance writer and photographer. Internationally published author of paperbacks and e-books.
Published December 15th 2014
A Quiet and Peaceful Getaway
playground equipment, Forestdale Park, Browns Plains, attractive model, Ian McKenzie
Playground equipment enjoyed by kids of all ages.

Peace and quiet in a busy retail and commercial area.

Just a few minutes from Browns Plains main shopping centre, and major retail outlets such as: Bunnings, Masters, Office Works, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Spotlight and the list goes on.

What a great find is Forestdale Park. Part of the park shares a frontage with the busy Browns Plains Road, but most of it is tucked away behind houses. I have driven past it hundreds of times without realising what a gem it is. You need to know it is there, to know it is there. Yes, I know that sounds paradoxical, but let me explain.

Vehicle access to the park is via Parkland Avenue which runs off Browns Plains Road. I didn't notice any signs on Parkland Avenue advising of the park's entrance. But around one hundred or so metres along Parkland Avenue coming from Browns Plains Road is a small driveway between two houses. Once you drive past the houses you are in the park.

Santa's Helper enjoying a water feature in the park

Forestdale Park is much bigger than it appears when driving past it on Browns Plains Road. It is surrounded on three sides by residential houses, and what a fantastic backyard those houses have.

The park is well maintained with undercover tables and chairs, modern electric barbecues which are free to use. It has toilet facilities and drinking water fountains.

A colourful children's playground has climbing frames, slippery slides, climbing ropes, a bridge and a mechanical digger in the sand pit.

A water feature is surrounded by a garden of white roses and there is a wooden bridge over a waterway.

I had a morning there taking photographs, but I do plan on returning on day with some sausages to cook on the barbecue and some friends to share them with.

Forestdale Park bridge, Ian McKenzie
Wooden Bridge in Forestdale Park
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