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As I was driving to the One Planet Market in Payneham I struck some roadworks causing slow traffic, and decided to take the back streets to get there.
Passing a sleepy side street park and playground, I nearly did a double take when I saw a building with a conical roof that looked like it belonged in the Raiders of the Lost Ark. After taking a closer look I discovered that the building is a kiln - the last remains of Koster's Premier Pottery.
The kiln in Koster's Park produced a large range of household and industrial necessities - jars and jugs, bowls and bread pans, pitchers and pots. Later some electrical goods including insulators, elements and electric jugs were made for sale around the country. For much more information about Koster's Premier Pottery, see this page.
Today the park is a peaceful place, with well maintained lawns and lots of trees for shade. A shelter with free electric barbeque and toilet facilities provide all that's needed for a family picnic, and a family was setting up for a birthday party as I arrived. A bouncy castle was already inflated and just waiting for a keen youngster to try it out.
There's a fenced playground (disabled capable) in Koster Park too, fitted with one of the generic multi purpose structures that lets kids climb and cross bridges, then slide down the slippery dip to ground level again. A couple of swings and some educational type toys for younger children complete the range of play equipment.
While the park isn't fenced, it's not a major issue because both adjacent streets don't have a lot of traffic. It's a great neighbourhood place for a picnic or a barbeque with plenty of soft lawns and room for kids to roam, Dogs are also permitted on leash here.