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Lowanna is an Aboriginal word for 'beauty', and it's a pretty apt name for this park. Given that it is situated on busy Fullers Rd, the first thing we were struck by was how relatively large the park was. We had driven past here many times without realising it was there. On the other hand, as parks go, it isn't really very large at all - it's just that in the middle of all the residential blocks and all the traffic, a park of its size is unexpected (7,209 square metres to be exact).
Lowanna Park is beautifully leafy and shady with playground equipment and is located on Fullers Rd, so it suffers a fair bit of traffic noise. However, it is fully fenced, has three picnic tables, lots of remnant black butt and turpentine trees and a toilet block, as well as the requisite swings, climbing frame and slide. What more could you need?
We only had the one child with us when we visited so we couldn't put my theory to the test, but I suspect this is an excellent park for a few children to play hide and seek in. There are so many good trees to hide behind!
The equipment is somewhat minimalistic at present, but I understand that there are plans to revamp the park this year, to put a further fence around the playground equipment to separate it from the picnic area, and to refurbish the equipment. So I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with the space.
Currently, the equipment is suitable for toddlers and primary school kids - they have a toddler swing, and the slide and climbing frame are pretty small so very approachable for more timid youngsters. There is also a sandpit near the swings, and the path that runs across the park is wide and flat, and would make a good path to ride a bike or scooter across.
Oh look, a spider! Don't say this to your toddler if they're afraid of spiders - or make sure you point out it's not a real spider, unlike what I did. Now I look at it, that shadow of the spider is pretty terrifying