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Victoria Rose Reserve (Glenmore Chain)

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by Helen Thorogood (subscribe)
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Published June 20th 2017
Escape the hustle and bustle of busy Box Hill
Situated between Victoria Street and Rose Street in Box Hill, the Victoria Rose Reserve contains two playgrounds.

The first is a small, conventional playground with swings, a slide, climbing equipment and a balance beam. It is modern equipment of the sort you would see in many parks around Melbourne.

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The playground is small and modern.

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.

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The area is beautifully landscaped.

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.

The whole park has a bird theme. There are two large birds on mosaic towers in the sensory garden and a carved owl beside the playground.

sensory playground victoria rose box hill
The sensory playspace.

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.

sign victoria rose playspace sensory park
There are rules for 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.
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Why? To enjoy peaceful respite from city life.
When: Anytime
Where: Victoria Rose Reserve (Glenmore Chain)
Cost: Free
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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
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