Television Producer & Photojournalist with a passion for sharing adventures in and around Melbourne, Australia. See my www.youtube.com/user/tmztvaustralia for other adventures. Subscribe to me so I can tell you of upcoming fab things not to miss.
Published August 21st 2018
Best kids and parents party park in South East Melbourne
Do you remember how hard it was to find a birthday place for your ball of energy children and their friends, or how your house was a disaster to clean up after a party? Well, I have found the perfect place at the Tim Neville Park at 98-106 Dorset Rd, Ferntree Gully VIC 3156
The ducks and birds happily dive around you. Dogs are enjoying the lawns and environment with their owners. And then, as I was heading to the toilet facilities, which were immaculate, I discovered the fenced in play area.
As to the history of the park, according to Knox Council, "The land which is now the Arboretum was originally owned by the Dobson family and operated as an apple orchard. Knox City Council acquired the land in 1975. In 1988 the Arboretum won the Keep Australia Beautiful Council's award for Best Bicentennial Project in the Metropolitan Area and in 1995 it won a City Pride award for Most Effective Tourist Attraction.
Constructed in 1988, the Tim Neville Arboretum was the City of Knox's major project for the Bicentenary. It is situated on 4.4 hectares of land on a site that was previously an orchard. The arboretum was conceived as a site which could exemplify the potential of how people's gardens could look through careful selection of vegetation. Local businesses and the community have been heavily involved in the planting, art and construction.
The Arboretum was officially renamed the Tim Neville Arboretum in 1993 in honour of the late Chief Executive of the City of Knox, whose vision and initiative was a key factor in establishing what has come to be known as 'The People's Park'."
Please don't feed the ducks and upset their tummys