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Published April 8th 2012
We all know the famous parks around Brisbane - New Farm, the Rocket Ship park at Carindale Recreational Reserve, Southbank, Love Street and the new Hawthorne Park. But one of the best things about Brisbane is that there are parks on almost every corner. Little green spaces, often with playgrounds for the kids, or exercise equipment for the dedicated enthusiast where you can take a little time out of your concrete-filled day and just breathe. Walk there from your home or office and relax. Let the dog run riot for a few minutes, or the kids.
Here are some of my favourite parks in my corner of Brisbane that might be less well known.
Admittedly this is a park within walking distance from my house, so we use it often, but it has everything you could possibly want from a park - big shady flame trees, gazebos, BBQ cooker, a playground for preschoolers separate from the play equipment for older kids, a nice footpath through the middle and even a cricket pitch, basketball hoop and skate ramps.
It also has exercise equipment on the other side of the park from the playground, although I find it amusing this equipment always seems to be mobbed with kids, while the adult exercisers work around them. This park is my little slice of relaxing, green-filled heaven. Handy that it also has lots of seating for those days when you want to watch other people exercise and play.
Hawthorne back Oval, Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne
the back oval at Hawthorne Park is the perfect place to relax or kick a football around
As an AFL enthusiast, I am always drawn to the back oval for its goal posts, wide open space with shady trees and path around the edge. It also has a basketball ring and tennis-hitup wall at opposite ends. This park has 2 sets of excellent exercise equipment for situps, ladder climbs and some unimaginably difficult shoulder-strength workout. The path skirts Riding Road, Hawthorne Road, the new Hawthorne park, Morningside AFL club and Jack Esplen Oval and is always popular with the serious pavement pounders, kiddie-bike riders and dog-walkers. For me, there is nothing better than wrestling with the kids and (badly) kicking a football around.
Great coffee over the road with play equipment perched on the side of a huge series of ovals makes the Bulimba Memorial Park always popular with children of all ages and their parents. There is space galore to run and play, although ironically, the cramped pretend 'shop' in the playground always seems the most popular place for kids.