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Simpson Park

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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 January 17th 2020
Park your Car, but not Yourself
This park is quite large, dominated by a large elevated playing field.

Simpson Park
The entrance from Cochrane Road.

The oval is surrounded by walking paths and treed vegetation.

Walk or ride.

The paths are wide and concreted and would be suitable for wheelchairs, except for a short steepish area. They are signed as being suitable for walking or cycling, but no cyclists were seen on my walk.

steep path
The steep bit.

The oval is popular with local residents to walk their dogs, jog or just stroll.

park stroll
Just strolling.

You meet them coming and going.

It is an off-leash dog area and the Eastern Suburbs Obedience Dog Club holds dog obedience classes there every Sunday from 9-00 am to 10-00 am.

walkers & dog
Very popular.

All paths are wide.

Near the pavilion is a water fountain, named a 'pooch post' giving liquid refreshment to man and beast. Apart from several park benches, that is the only facility in the park.

drinking fountain
The pooch post.

Many birds were heard and only a few were seen. Noisy miners were the predominant species heard and seen, feeding in trees or on the ground.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner in tree.

noisy miner
Grass roots feeding.

The ever present magpies made several appearances.

Magpie in pole position.

A lone crested pigeon was seen enthusiastically feeding on the oval.

crested pigeon
Crested pigeon. Photography enthusiasts - note the small depth of field of grass.

Past the far side of the oval a larger area of trees and shrubs almost qualify for a bush area. Several very old pine trees dominate sections of this area.

pine tree
One of the old pine trees.

Areas of native grasses add to the, 'not in suburbia' feel as you walk around Simpson Park.

native grasses
There were several areas of native grasses.

native grass
Close up looks nice.

Like most suburban parks it can be accessed from several side streets and is indeed a local asset.

The only structure in the park.

Opposite Simpson Park, in Cochrane Road is the Somers Trail, which is a short walk. Why not combine a visit to both for and interesting walk?

somers trail
The entrance to Somers trail.

There is an off-road parking off Cochrane Road.

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Why? Good for a stroll in the park
When: anytime
Where: Cochrane Road, Mitcham. Melways map: 49. A.11.
Cost: free
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