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Small Playground Parks of Lilydale

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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 6th 2019
Small play areas, but big fun
Poyner Reserve. Corner of Beresford & Cave Hill Roads.
Poyner Reserve with paths leading to the play area.

This small park is on the corner of Beresford and Cave Hill Roads. It is well maintained and has a gravel path meandering through it. There is a small area of play equipment, one picnic table and seats and three park benches. There are no other facilities.

Poyner Reserve was named after Edward Poyner who arrived in the district in 1858 from Shropshire, England. He was a stonemason by trade and owned several parcels of land in the area.

Gateway Reserve. This large park is on the corner of Nelson Road and The Gateway.

Park sign
The reserve sign.

It is dominated by the cricket/football field and change rooms.

Play ground
Lots of fun for the kids here.

At the northern end, off The Gateway, an off-road car park allows access to an area with an undercover barbeque, table and seats.

An extensive children's playground is adjacent to the structure.

You can watch the football or cricket and the kids can swing, slide, rock and give every item a workout.

The slide - an all time favourite

A basketball hoop practice area is nearby. This facility is appearing at many local playgrounds as the sport becomes more popular.

Throwing basketball
It's almost in.

Nimblefoot Reserve.
Nimblefoot Way

Park entrance
Reserve entrance with play ground beyond.

This is a fairly new park catering for the residents of the surrounding Gateway Estate. A large open grassy area covers most of the reserve.

It has a very extensive play area with many innovative pieces of play equipment.

A stand up see-saw?

There is an undercover picnic area, but apart from two drinking fountains, for both man and beast, no other facilities.

A different see-saw

Don't forget to bring Fido as his or hers needs are catered for.

Dogs have their own area.

If your children like to play on a different range of playthings, this reserve is for you, or rather for them.

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