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Hill 'n' Dale Skate Park

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by Megan Edwards (subscribe)
I count myself lucky to be born in Australia's coffee capital of Melbourne and love to write about what's on in my home town.
Published May 20th 2012
Ask anyone familiar with Melbourne's inner east to describe the suburb of Glen Iris, and you would expect to hear terms like 'leafy' or 'affluent' - gnarly doesn't generally rate a mention.

Yet on a typical tree lined road, just metres from the Ashburton shopping village is a little piece of skate(board) and BMX riders' heaven, known as Hill 'n' Dale.

Hidden at the base of a lush, green valley on Summerhill Road, the skate park is flanked on one side by the unsealed Gardiners Creek trail, which connects walkers and riders with Summerhill Park to the south and Ferndale Park to the north. For skaters and BMX riders though, it's all about 'getting jumps' - in other words, some serious board and bike action.

I'm certainly no skate or BMX aficionado but according to enthusiasts, whose homemade clips and comments can be seen on YouTube and a number of popular forums, Hill 'n' Dale delivers the goods.

The park features a lengthy twin course of large and small concrete wave and 'box' style jumps coated with a rubberised surface, which have been constructed with a variety of skill levels in mind. On both sides of the course there are plenty of places to take a breather, including grassy areas (some shaded), a few bench seats and a drinking fountain.

Ready access to a service station (you never know when you're going to get a flat tyre!), shops and public transport (bus and train) is an added bonus, particularly for younger skaters and riders.
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Why? Hill 'n' Dale delivers the goods.
When: Anytime
Where: Summerhill Road, Glen Iris
Cost: Free
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