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Unity Park, Pooraka

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by Cecelia Hopkins (subscribe)
Cecelia's articles are illustrated by Allan who enjoys photography. Cecelia is also the author of: "Silver Springtime", "All for Love", "Mystic Evermore" and the new release: "Faith and Love".
Published August 9th 2016
Ducks, play equipment and dogs - what more could you want?
Unity Park is best approached from South Terrace, Pooraka. Facilities include picnic tables, toilets, barbeques, enclosed children's play area, bike/walking tracks and a skate park. It is also dog friendly, and features a fenced dog park. The area is flat and accessible for wheel chairs and prams. Parking is available off South Terrace.

Unity Park, Pooraka
Unity Park water feature - Photo by Allan

The Park's main attraction is a large water feature consisting of a walled pond, expanding into a large lagoon surrounded by native bushes and reeds. Ducks and other water birds swim in the pond and have become accustomed to human visitors. The pond is filled with bore water from a natural source on-site.

As you walk along the path, you can see flowers on the bushes and insects visiting the flowers. Be careful if you are allergic to bees, however, they usually will not sting unless you disturb them. We found a beautiful butterfly.

Butterfly, Unity park, Pooraka
Butterfly - Photo by Allan

We came to some equipment I assumed was play equipment for older children, but on further inspection found was an all-ages outdoor exercise station. This equipment forms part of a "Be-active trail" which encourages self-paced outdoor exercise. It is best to consult your doctor before commencing an exercise plan, but if you have the all-clear, benches, steps and posts are provided for crunches and stretches. Instructions are provided on a noticeboard.

Unity Park, Be Active Station, exercise equipment
Be Active Station designed for outdoor exercise - Photo by Allan

The park is called "Unity Park" and encourages harmony in the community. It offers activities suitable for all ages and abilities. It stretches behind the Vietnamese cultural centre and Pooraka Primary School to a complimentary area along the Main North Road. This area features a public work of art designed to commemorate the old Gepps Cross Stockyards. (Cattle sales have now moved to rural locations such as the South Australian Livestock Exchange, Carslake Road, Dublin SA).

Art, Unity Park, old stockyards
Commemorative art - Photo by Allan

Unity Park is also doing its bit for the environment as some filtration of storm water is being attempted as well. According to Bruce Naumann, from the City of Salisbury, biofiltration attempts to cleanse stormwater by straining it through vegetation, mud and "filltration media", before collecting it in a recovery pipe. As you walk around the park, you will see filtration pipes and water tanks. In the area facing the main north road, arrays of split-level water troughs makes an attractive display.

Filters, water troughs, Unity Park
Stepped water troughs - Photo by Allan

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Where: South Terrace, Pooraka, South Australia
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