The second and perhaps more impressive section of the park is a fenced sensory playspace. It was opened in 2009 and provides the community with a tranquil space to relax, perhaps read a book or just contemplate the world. It is also intended to be accessible for people with disabilities. Children who suffer from anxiety and struggle with regular playgrounds may find such a space more tolerable.
There is a wobble bridge, talking tubes and whimsical touches such as metal dinosaurs on a tree trunk and interesting paving stones. The sensory garden is small but beautifully landscaped with native plants.
There are benches throughout the park, but no barbecues or other facilities aside from some bike rings for parking your bike. It would be a safe spot for small children to practice using their scooters, although please note that cycling and skateboards are not permitted inside the sensory playspace.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the park is that it demonstrates that you do not need a large area to create a lovely resource for the local community. Nestled as they are between houses on all sides, the playground and sensory park provide a chance for children to play in both a structured and unstructured way.
On the day of my visit there were several adults sitting on benches in the winter sun Ė but the park would be equally lovely on a hot summer day as there are plenty of grassy spots in the shade to relax in.
Box Hill is becomingly increasingly developed with apartments and medium density housing, meaning many people do not have their own large backyards. Spaces such as this provide welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.
I think itís important to also note itís history. I grew up at 23 Victoria Street and the parkland was left by the Sweetland sisters. It was a beautiful old, Victorian home with a high hedge before it was sadly demolished. Sweet land Road was named after them also. Thanks, Michael Anderson