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Mentone Racecourse Reserve

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Published April 16th 2015
Hidden park in Mentone ticks all the boxes
Hidden away in the back streets of Mentone is a fantastic park for all ages. Mentone Racecourse Reserve (affectionately known as the 'Duck Park' to locals) ticks all the boxes as a great spot to take the kids or dogs, meet friends, or have a BBQ.

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Mentone Racecourse Reserve Ornamental Lake

As the name suggests, it is built on the site of the old Mentone Racecourse, which was in operation from 1888 until 1948. Most of the racecourse was converted into a housing estate in the 70's, but thankfully a large area was preserved as parklands for the local community.

A large ornamental lake is home to dozens of ducks and other wildlife, which are kept well-fed by young visitors. The lake also features several water fountains. A walking track surrounds the lake, and extends around the exterior of the entire reserve. It is a popular spot for joggers, dog-walkers, and families.

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With a nod to it's history, the large playground has a horse-racing theme, featuring two large horse statues, horse springers, and a long ramp flanked by horse images. There are also the usual playground staples - multiple slides, swings, fireman's pole, climbing walls, and tunnels.

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Horse Racing-themed playground at Mentone Racecourse Reserve

In addition, there is a decent-sized flying fox, birds nest swing, wooden maze, and diggers in a sandpit.

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Flying Fox at Mentone Racecourse Reserve

There is also lots of space for the sporty types - a basketball key and hoop, oval with soccer net at one end, and AFL goalposts at the other, and a wall for tennis practice.

There are multiple sheltered areas with barbecues and picnic tables, making this a popular spot for get-togethers and kids parties. There are also public toilets, drinking fountains, and ample car parking along Glenelg Drive.

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Why? A fun day out in the great outdoors
When: Anytime
Phone: 1300653356 (Kingston City Council)
Where: Glenelg Drive, Mentone
Cost: Free!
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