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Heywood Park

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published June 25th 2011
Nestled amongst towering old gum trees Heywood Park is a brilliant community area, with playgrounds for the kids and plenty of scenic space. Just off of the busy King William Road, Heywood Park is a nice escape from the bustle of the city and suburbs that surround it.

Between the hours of 5pm and 10am Heywood Park is an exercise area for your four legged friends. Let them off their leash to roam the park and trees. At all other times they must be restrained on a leash.

There are two play areas at Heywood Park. The wooden structures blend seamlessly with their surroundings, which just enhance the ancient feel of the mighty gums. Swings, slides, and climbing frames are all surrounded by plenty of space for children to run around and play games.

There are barbeques and plenty of spots to eat at benches and tables. The large trees provide plenty of shade which makes this a good spot for a family outing. It is a real picturesque setting that would compliment any picnic or barbeque.

Heywood Park's defining feature is the three fenced gum trees in the middle of the park. These Grey Box trees are some of the last remaining of their kind on the Adelaide Plains. They pre-date European settlement and are a grand sight. They are fenced off to prevent foot traffic from damaging their root systems, and are a good talking point to help educate children about conservation.

Heywood Park is one of the few parks where you could spend the whole day and stay entertained. It has all the facilities you would need, and is such a short walk to the King William Road shopping precinct that you'll find plenty to do in the area.
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Why? Enjoy the serenity of towering gum trees
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Where: Northgate Street, Hyde Park
Cost: Free
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