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Linde Reserve (also known as Dunstone Grove) is a pleasant park on Nelson St in Stepney.
The park was upgraded not long ago by demolishing a dingy toilet block, landscaping the area, upgrading the playground, and "naturalising" and enhancing the Second Creek environment which previously looked like a grotty open drain.
The 'naturalised' Second Creek After Beautification
It is surrounded by several quaint old 19th century cottages and other buildings. In 2008 the local council attempted to demolish these, but vigorous protests by residents and heritage groups saw the council eventually back down.
The Reserve includes an area known as Matilda's Playground, commemorating Matilda Piper who set up one of the state's first private schools at Stepney in 1851. You will find a number of fantasy statues in that area.
The playground at the northern edge of the site has a great range of climbing equipment that are guaranteed to keep youngsters hanging around for a while. The equipment is all on a rubberised surface to help minimise any hurt if kids fall over.
The Linde Reserve has car parking, toilets, seating and free electric barbeques. Even on a hot day there is plenty of shade, and seating is spread around the park. It's a top place to have a picnic with the kids, or meet with a few friends for a BBQ.