The Gums recreation ground is a great park in which to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. It is a quintessential Adelaide park and lives up to its name with towering gum trees scattered throughout the park grounds. It offers a simple, relaxing space for the locals of the surrounding suburbs and a great place to meet up with family and friends.
Photo: Ethel Aardvark - Wikipedia
Located on Shakespeare Avenue just off Glynburn road near Firle, the Gums is almost a local institution.Come here during the week and the park is quiet and peaceful with a few dogs being walked, the occasional jogger and the odd walker or two, allowing you to hear the local wildlife while sitting on a bench or tree trunk. On the weekend the free BBQ's are put to use with groups having picnic lunches and kids playing on the playground. There is also a sheltered area that could come in handy on a rainy day.
For a great walking trail, cross the road from the Gums and follow the Second Creek Catchment along its course. You could easily think you are walking through bushlands or rainforest at times. The small creek meanders behind the houses and through trees making it a lovely place to stroll along in the evenings. As you near the end of the park you can cross a small bridge and head back into the park via a small side street. This will take you pass the local scout hall and some rather large and impressive looking houses.
The locals are friendly around here and you are unlikely to pass someone without them offering a smile or greeting. Don't forget to head back across the road to the Gums to check out the new war memorial which has recently been built on the eastern edge of the grounds.
The Gums has a small but ample car park and toilet facilities. The Gums Dog Obedience School also runs dog training sessions at the Gums at certain times during the week. Check out their website if you are interested.The Gums Dog Obedience School