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Jones Reserve

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by Melody Clifford (subscribe)
is a girl-about-town and general, adventurous, know-it-all.
Published November 21st 2011
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The pleasant greens at Jones Reserve

Jones Reserve is located in Brunswick, quite close to the popular CERES environmental park. It's a great location for jogging and as a special treat for for dog owners, the park is entirely off-lead.

Jones Reserve has concrete pathways to take walkers in an approximate twenty minute circle around the park. The stroll includes a single hill climb, that once completed, rewards walkers with great views from the top of a tiered, platform. All of the tall, blue, buildings of Melboune's CBD can be seen from there and way out on the opposite horizon, the equally blue outline of Mount Dandenong is visible.

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Melbourne's skyscrapers in the distance

After the hill, you'll find even more green as Allard Park, with a full-sized football oval, appears. It has a synthetic pitch for cricket, and near the sports clubrooms, hard, sand covered bocce lanes can be found.

If you're walking with your pooch, now is the time to clip them back on to the lead, especially when you're getting close to the area's second playground. This one has swings, rockers in the shape of motorbikes, a small slide, rings and a little flying fox.

In keeping with the suburb's green ideology, a solar powered lighting system runs throughout the park. There's a healthy, swamp-pond with wooden walkways and water plants. It sits at a short distance from the Jones Reserve Playground and its covered pergola and barbeque area.

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Fun for children

The park is dressed with many established trees and shrubbery. An area of droopy gums trees is likely to be deemed an excellent adventure forest by small children.

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The frog pond

Both Jones Reserve and Allard Park can be accessed from Albion Street in Brunswick, although finding a space for the car can be tricky around the road's tight bends. A better option might be Donald Street, up above the parkland.
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Why? For some inner-city freedom
When: anytime
Where: Albion Street, Brunswick
Cost: free
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