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Published September 22nd 2011
Gilpin Park in Brunswick offers some interesting choices if you're looking for a healthy dose of daily exercise. There are two outdoor tennis tables on which you can play if you bring your own ball and paddles. There's a walking track, which is generally flat but can incorporate slight inclines if you want it to and there is plenty of empty grassland for ball sports like cricket, soccer and football, kite flying or frisbees.
Gilpin is informal; without the styling of a proper planted garden. It tends more towards a natural bush landscape but is scenic enough to remove you from busy inner city for at least a little while. The park is bordered by large peppercorn trees on one side and the lovely, Lego-land type buildings of the Brunswick brickworks development on the other. In terms of flora, you'll see a lot of mid-sized eucalypts and acacias all around. The trees attract birdlife, like wagtails, rainbow lorikeets, honeyeaters and sometimes galahs; the mix of which will soundtrack your stroll with gentle twittering.
Dogs are allowed in Gilpin, off-lead (except for in the area very close to the children's play equipment) and many people will drive especially to the Brunswick location to exercise their animals. If you're amused by the sight of a British Bulldog lumbering along after a tennis ball, a swiftly, sprinting Spitz or a blonde sweep of Golden Retrievers, Gilpin park is great place to see them all on display.
If you have a canine of your own that needs to be exercised, the recommended times to stop by are around dusk on weeknights or early on Saturday mornings, where your dog can join a large community of others in their joyous romping. When visiting the park it is important to remember to always, always clean up after your pet.
A pleasing feature of Gilpin park is that one lap around it is by no means a demanding walk. In fact, a full circuit will only take about ten to fifteen minutes at a gentle pace. The tracks are surfaced with small stones and although prams are possible, sometimes these little rocks cause the odd puncture
If you're looking to increase your exercise or get back into a routine of jogging, Gilpin can be a suitable place for that too. Any workout can be made more substantial by completing a double or triple circuit. You can also use the log seating that's dotted around the park to assist with step-ups or push-ups. There are metre markers around the course so that you can track your progress.
To access the park, most visitors leave their vehicles in any of a number of spaces along wide Albert Street. The Gilpin Park is one in a series of three that make up Brunswick's extensive parkland, the others being Clifton Park directly across the road and Victoria Park, one street over.
Awesome review! I can't believe I found such a perfect review for Gilpin Park after looking so long. Only issue I have is there is no estimate of the "small stones" actual diameter. When I got there they were quite a bit smaller than I expected. Otherwise perfect review. 9/10
By Anonymous Saturday, 23rd of February @ 05:19 am