Native plants combine with alien-looking play equipment at Macaulay Reserve in Inglewood.
While there is a nod to traditional playground gear, with swings and a slide, there are also some space-age looking climbing frames and spinning devices. It took my little playground veteran a little while to work out how to play with the tilted spinners, which can be stood on, sat on or held onto with legs flying in the air.
For littlies, there is an easy-climb rock wall, dubbed the 'phone wall' by my daughter, and a fun spinning propeller.
Nearby, there is a large, open grassed area perfect for Frisbee, football or walking the dog. Paths around the open area are pram-friendly. The reserve also offers barbecues, picnic tables, and a public toilet.
Macaulay reserve has been designated a 'native flora reserve' by the City of Stirling with a large variety of gum trees and Australian shrubs. Budding botanists might like to observe the interesting types of bark on different trees near the playground.
Native bush was cleared by the council and replaced with mainly eastern states and overseas plants. The Concept Wetlands at the lowest part of the couch grass was crafted using Egyptian Papyrus, the concrete pad was put after the swamp started to smell of stale toilet.
The council reserves on the SE side of Hamer Parade used to include Blackboys and WA Christmas Trees. And in the day, Inglewood was a good place. No flood lights at nights, no electric monkeys or virtual guard dogs, only the emergency services sounded emergency alarms. Like was so much better with dugites living just up the road....