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Raby Esplanade Park, Ormiston

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Published January 26th 2017
Only the neighbours know about this park so enjoy the space
Isn't it amazing just how much more aware you become of your surroundings when you are on foot, as opposed to concentrating on traffic driving along in the car? Enjoyed a walk around the streets of my neighbourhood in the cool of the evening recently and what do I discover? Yet another new public reserve with some great potential for family outings. Never knew this parkland even existed. Is this bizarre?

This public space is mammoth, so pack the soccer ball and cricket bat and be prepared for the little ones to burn some energy. I make no apologies; my one constant goal has always been to wear out the kids so that we all manage a good eight hours of sleep!

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Reserve, cnr of Bainbridge and Grenoble Sts

Firstly, there is shaded playground equipment for the youngest ones to enjoy. This area is surrounded by tall trees making it a pleasant area for adults to sit and have a chat. Indeed, when I walked by it looked like there were half a dozen mums doing exactly that.

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Sun safe play area

By its side, though more exposed to the elements, is a separate playground area designed for those kiddies with a penchant for climbing. Rope ladders are everywhere. Is this thanks to the popularity of the Spiderman movie franchise?

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For all the Spidermen out there

There is also a netball ring if that is what tickles their fancy.

Are you feeling like a sandwich and something to drink yet? There are a couple of picnic tables scattered around, though not many. If you to keep fold up chairs in the boot they will come in handy here.

Now let's take a walk up to the other end of the parkland, the end that nestles the coastline of Raby Bay. This is a good stretch of the legs so if the little ones have a trike this might be a great way to get some motoring skill experience. The paved walkway is just perfect for this. Oh, and if you do have a dog keep him on a leash as this is part of the local koala corridor.

Isn't that breeze off Moreton Bay just delightful on these hot summer days? Isn't it lovely to watch the boats on the bay?

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Please keep all dogs on their leash

There is one picnic hut on the headland including a gas barbecue, and plenty of space for families to spread out with their picnic rugs.

This parkland is very open, with very little through traffic, so for those with little ones I think this a very safe play area. Only the locals seem to know about this one!

There are no rest room facilities, however.

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For the athletes amongst us

And for those of you who are into health, the exercise equipment looks interesting though I have no compunction to do any testing.
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Why? Another good family outing
Where: Raby Esplanade, Ormiston
Cost: FREE, but take water, sunscreen and hats
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