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Published April 10th 2016
Take the family out for the day - including the dog
For twenty years I've driven along the same road. No special features- just a route to get you from Point A to Point B in the quickest possible time. The local Council did install a skateboard park a few years ago on a vacant block of land providing the motorist with something of interest to view other than the car in front.
This week, and for no particular reason, I took the back streets to get to my destination. Was this planned? Was I avoiding something or someone? Did I have previous experience of the roads I would be travelling along? No, no and no. Now that's a resounding No.
It was a surprise then to stumble across a large open parkland area suitable for all members of the family, a mere five minutes from my own front door. Of course, we had to investigate.
William Stewart Park on Vintage Drive, Thornlands, is a large parkland area with well maintained facilities.
There is a dedicated area with exercise equipment for those so inclined.
One corner of the parkland remains tree lined so taking a picnic rug and a good book to read in the shade is a most viable option.
There is a paved walkway from one end of the parkland to the other. It reminded me of when my daughters were very young and learning to ride their bikes. All those years ago it was so hard to find a safe space for trike training. This place would be just perfect for four wheels, two wheels and roller skates.
And I did say suitable for all the family, didn't I ? Yes, William Stewart Park is dog friendly, though canines must remain leashed at all times. Disposal bags are supplied by the Council as are water bowls.
What a great park that ticks all the boxes. There is even a small, clean toilet block that does the job. I'm thinking kiddies birthday parties with a sausage sizzle or a great spot for busy mums to catch up whilst their little ones play.
And guess what else I discovered? Right at the other end of this lovely open space is the skateboard park I've been looking at all these years.
Experienced walkers might like to note that this park connects with walkways along the Crystal Waters Parkland.