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Grant Avenue Reserve

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Published April 6th 2013
Art and fun, all in one
Hidden away in the backstreets of Gilles Plains is a little reserve that offers a quiet get away from it all.

Found on the corner of Grant Avenue and Kopoola Crescent, it is an interesting combination of outdoor art installation and traditional reserve.

The Reserve
The Reserve


Of course, having children, the main point of interest for our family is the playground. It is a little small, and the activities - swings, low slippery dip and a spring rocker - are designed more for younger children. However, when there are more than one there, it can still be a source of entertainment.

The Playground
The Playground


But this reserve is more than just a playground. They have the mandatory green, grassed areas and a rotunda (with drinking fountain and rubbish bin that has plastic bags for dealing with dogs, which I think more should do). The grass area is large and untreed, while the rotunda is a comfortable place to sit and relax.

The Rotunda
The Rotunda


But the main selling point of this reserve is its art work. There are two points of interest. At the north-east corner is a series of birds that look like they have been made out of old car parts. Stunning pieces of work, really well done.

Pelican Sculpture
Pelican Sculpture


The second is a large installation consisting of a wall and a three-sided story-board, made by the local Wandana Primary School in about 2004. The wall is a tribute to multiculturalism, while the storywalls tell of the coming of multicultural Australia. My son spent a lot of time looking at it all with great interest.

One side of the Story Wall
One side of the Story Wall


Detail of the multicultural wall
Detail of the multicultural wall


An interesting reserve, and with its quiet surrounds, it is quite the relaxing and gentle place.
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Why? A different sort of reserve
Where: Corner of Grant Ave and Kopoola Cres, Gilles Plains
Cost: free
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