Valley View Reserve is a very nice green area in the heart of the suburbs. As the sign on the rock says, the Reserve was built by the labours of unemployed people and opened in 1993. And it is a fantastic reserve. More than once we have seen picnics and parties being held in its wide grassy areas, which children (and adults) of all ages running all over the place.
It is centred around a playground, which is geared mainly towards younger to middle children. There are a series of activities for the very young (including a low slippery dip and low riding activities), while the older children have a higher slippery dip, a flying fox, monkey bars and swing see-saws. While not covered, there are a few trees that offer varying degrees of shade at different times of the day.
To the north-east and east is a grassy area where we have seen most of the picnics. There are a few benches to sit and a path as well. However, it must be said, we have occasionally encountered car track across the grass.
To the south-west of the playground is a more formal sporting area, with concrete cricket pitch with net and grass that is more like an oval in the way it has been upkept. The last time we were there a group of about ten young teenagers were playing a pick-up game of cricket, which is wonderful to see.
A barbecue sits near the playground, available for anyone to use. There are two gazebos with benches under cover, giving shade to parents while the children play all over the place. It also offers shade and rest for the people walking along the track that runs alongside the reserve. If this track is followed west, it eventually reaches the Thomas Turner Reserve playground. This is something we have done - played at Thomas Turner, walked to Valley View and played (while I rest), and then walked back. It makes for an excellent afternoon.
Finally, it is on the banks of the Dry Creek, and the abundant plant-life in this area is home to a wide variety of birds, insects and even the occasional reptile. One of the local residents told us they have koalas and possums at certain times of the year as well.