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Published January 18th 2016
Take your bikes to this Gungahlin playground with history
Heritage Park is located in the suburb of Forde in Gungahlin, 17km north of the CBD. The leafy suburb of Forde was established in 2008 and borders Mulligans Flat Reserve and has a number of bike paths and open areas to explore. In the centre of Forde is Heritage Park with tall gums, birdlife, bike paths, historical remnants, community BBQ's and a large colourful playground for the kids to explore.
The main playground has two long slides to enjoy and there is a modern climbing area/exercise frame to test their skills. Under the whole playground is soft fall sponge base to prevent injuries when running around. Behind the playground is a shaded seating area to set up a picnic, as well as a smaller toddler playground and swings for the younger ones.
This park is perfect for the kids to ride their bikes, as there is a nice flat path running through the centre of the park called the Heritage Pathway. Along the pathway are historical sights, a new toilet facility and other shaded picnic areas close to the playground.
This area is called Heritage Park as the first settlers to Canberra arrived in the 1830's and used a coach route that went through Mulligans Flat nearby. The remains of Mulligans Flat school, huts, fences, drays, sheep shearing sheds and farm machinery are scattered across the suburb of Forde. There is signage in Heritage Park marking the remnants of these sites.
Heritage Park is a pleasure to visit for parents as well as kids. With large shady trees, cockatoos chattering above and plenty of shaded seating, it is a playground that you could stay for a morning and explore. Why not take a picnic and pack the bikes for an extended stay to enjoy the area. Local Mums I spoke to also recommended the local café Frankies for coffee in a family friendly environment, situated at the end of Heritage Park on Francis Forde Boulevard.
My daughter and I love exploring parks in areas that we haven't been to before - you never know what you will discover. We both rated this park highly for playground equipment and other things to do whilst there. Next time we visit it will be with our bikes so we can take advantage of the flat paths in this leafy park. It is a peaceful, natural setting to enjoy with the family all year around...