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Published February 20th 2015
Bike, skate, scoot or blade your day away at the Reservoir
Finding a large, safe concrete space for riding and boarding is like searching for the Holy Grail. The roads are full of dodgy drivers and empty shopping centre car parks have the 'No Skateboards/Bikes' sign up.
Enter the Springwood Reservoir; a perfectly flat, double football field sized piece of concrete heaven.
The Springwood Reservoir (also known as the Springwood Water Tower) is located on 387-403 Springwood Road in Springwood. It doesn't offer a modern playground or fancy equipment but is perfect for riding just about any wheeled contraption you can think of and a great place to take the kids. It's even got an informal art gallery on its surrounding walls to add colour and interest.
If you're thinking you might have the next Lance Armstrong - actually scratch that. If you're thinking you might have the next Cadel Evans or Anna Meares on your hands, than this is a great place to start their cycling journey.
Let them loose around the marked track which includes pedestrian crossings, stop signs and even a roundabout. It's not only a great place for young riders to master technique, but also to give our future road users an education in some basic road rules. That can't be a bad thing.
Unfortunately, some things are prohibited (like remote controlled cars and dogs) but the Reservoir is also a perfect place to fly a kite on a windy day. For those of you in training for the very prestigious Hopscotch World Championships, there are even facilities available to work on those tricky hop and jump manoeuvres.
Being entirely concrete, it does get very hot very quickly so be sure to take plenty of water and sunscreen. Puddles tend to accumulate after rain but this just adds to the fun.
Parking directly in front of the reservoir is a no go so ride or walk if possible. If not, parking is available at the community hall only 100 metres up the road.
The Reservoir backs onto the Springwood Conservation Reserve so combine a day of riding with a bit of bushwalking. If you're up for a challenge, maybe even tackle the nearby Springwood Stairs of Death.