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Kalang Park

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published February 21st 2020
Park your car at Kalang Park and take the walk
Kalang Park is the middle reserve of three that constitute the Blackburn Creeklands.

park entrance
The entrance at Pakenham Street.

It is the longest of the three and the most popular, judging by the thirteen dog walkers with ten dogs, three walkers and two joggers who were encountered on a sunny summer Saturday morning.

group of dog walkers
It can get crowded.

It runs between Pakenham Road and Main Street and is just under one kilometre in length. There is ample off road parking at the Pakenham Street entrance.

walker
A lone walker.

Gardiners Creeks runs through the centre of the park and a wide gravel path is on both sides of the creek.

dog walker
A beautiful setting for a walk.

All paths are level and very wheelchair friendly. This is one park that I would recommend to any wheelchair warriors who want to experience interesting scenery in the middle of suburbia. To see many dogs with their doting owners would brighten up any day.

dog walker
A walk with your best friend.

It is strictly a dog on-leash area and all owners complied with that requirement.

dog walkers
Definitely on-leash.

In one of the few grassy areas is a small pond surrounded by new plantings of native grasses and some dead wood in the shallow water. Perhaps in the hope that some of the frogs heard in nearby Gardiners Creek might migrate to a new home.

pond
Kermits new home?

One of the dog walkers that I spoke to remarked that many of the other walkers knew each other and it was a very friendly pastime walking their dogs. I noticed that even the dogs were friendly.

jogger
Jogging along.

On one of the open grass areas, a small crowd were have group exercises.

group exercise
Well, three is a crowd.

Much of the creek in this park had been concreted. Not particularly picturesque, but the sound of running water was very soothing.

concrete creek
Looks bad, but sounds nice.

Despite the large area of trees and shrubs, the only bird encountered was a rainbow lorikeet.

rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet.

The only floral display was a small patch of grasses with some colourful buds.

buds
The budding buds.

Although I did spy a distant splash of blue almost hidden in a tangle of green undergrowth. Closer inspection revealed it was an agapanthus.

agapanthus
A trespasser.

In the absence of wildflowers, our attention is drawn towards native grasses. Although not colourful, they do have a beauty of their own, particularly on close inspection.

native grasses
They really do look nice.

This park is highly recommended for the unfit as your slow progress can be passed off as enjoying the scenery.



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Why? Good for a stroll in the park
When: anytime
Where: Pakenham Road, Blackburn. Melways map: 47. H. 11.
Cost: Free
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