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McKenzie Reserve

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published April 1st 2019

Every town has a park, but not as large as Yarra Glen's McKenzie Reserve.

Reserve sign
The entrance sign.

It is next to the Memorial Hall and War Memorial and has an off-road car park.

A very extensive play area will keep the little ones occupied with some unusual play equipment.

One of the unusual playground items.

play equipment
More playground items.

It's very safe with rubber rocks, and two very large dung beetles rolling up a very large specimen of what dung beetles roll up. If a little one asks, "What are those things?" some interesting answers could result.

Dung beetles
Larger than life dung beetles doing what dung beetles do.

There are numerous seats scattered throughout the reserve, with many in shady areas and an undercover shelter with two picnic tables and seats.

Undercover picnic area with playground in background.

BBQs are available for the DIY picnickers.

A very large grassy area would be ideal for ball games for both young and old.

At the top end of the reserve is a skate park, catering for those more adventurous older children.

skate park
The skate Park at the top end of the reserve.

A toilet block is near the play area.

A lttle bit high tech?

During the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, Yarra Glen was ringed by fire and in the district, many lives and properties were lost. A memorial to all those who were affected is within the reserve.

The Black Saturday Memorial.

Plaque on boulder
The Black Saturday Memorial plaque.

McKenzie Reserve is ideal as a destination picnic area, or if just passing through Yarra Glen, grab some take-away and rest awhile.

If after satisfying the call of nature and stomach, wander across the road to a wetland area and have a pleasant walk looking at the birdlife.

Pelican on pond
A pelican on the lake opposite the reserve.

There is a by-pass road which now by-passes Yarra Glen, but why not by-pass the by-pass and see what Yarra Glen has to offer.

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Where: McKenzie Reserve, Bell Street, corner Anzac Avenue. Yarra Glen
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