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Sealed and unsealed walking/cycling tracks circle the lake's 1km shoreline. Lush grassy slopes by the sound shell accommodate picnics or ball games, and an inviting bridge and pavilion extend across the lake.
Shared paths for walkers and cyclists guide patrons past various water features, through bush woodlands and a fern gully. The Ringwood Lake Circuit Walk is highly recommended. Ignore any reference to the Miner's Cottage. It was burnt down by vandals in 2009, but the signage remains. Dogs must be leashed at all times.
The story of Ringwood Lake began in 1926 with the damming of the former Sandy Creek, in order to establish an artificial lake. When a financial shortfall threatened, a community call-to-arms saw local orchardists and tradesfolk converge on the site with their horses to enable its completion at an extraordinary working-bee.
Today a continuous tree canopy extends over three-quarters of the site (excluding the lake). The parkland boasts the most extensive children's playground for miles around, with apparatus for children of all ages and abilities.
Young patrons will relish the seven flying foxes, two person bouncers, monkey bars, spiral ladder, chain bridge, spiral slide, four person rocker, see-saw, spring-seats, swings (including one for disabled children), and stand-on spinning disk.
Around the playground area bench seats, drinking fountains and a butterfly garden top off the idyllic setting. Local artists have made their mark with murals and large wooden sculptures of indigenous fauna that beg to be climbed upon. Personalised pavers decorated by local school children are situated near the barbecues.
Abundant birdlife includes two species of native duck (Pacific Black and Wood Duck), Galah, Black Cockatoo, Butcher Bird, Silver Eyes, Little Pied Cormorant, White-Faced Heron, Magpie, Currawong, Rosella, Kookaburra, Wren and Miner.
According to Maroondah City Council a variety of native and introduced species inhabit the lake including Turtles, Yabbies, Short fined Eel Big Headed Gudgeon Golden Perch, European Carp, Gold Fish, Roach, Eastern Gambusia, Redfin, and Weather Loach.
Ringwood Lake Park is a 10 minute walk from Ringwood railway station where Smart Bus 901 also stops. Buses 680 and 679 drive right past the site. Car travellers can try their luck at a street park on Maroondah Highway, or use the carpark off Mt Dandenong Road. Alternatively the Daiseys Hotel carpark is a smart choice. Map of Ringwood Lake Park