It's just a hop, skip and a jump from the Ring Rd and Windy Hill. Not far from the city, there's a children's park and nature reserve in an unexpected location. On Woodlands Rd, Essendon a large multi purpose outdoor area exists and it's well worth a visit.
When I visited there was a dad holding hands with a small boy walking along the walking track. An elderly gentlemen strolled behind him and some mothers pushing prams. There was a grandma relaxing on the bench seat reading a book.
There were bike riders and dog walkers. In the playground there were kids swinging and running around excitedly. Parents watched and chatted to each other. This was more than matched by the loud tweeting of birds in the trees.
Party balloons had been set up in the pergola area near the barbeques. It was quite early so I guess this can be a popular park area and it would be wise to arrive early. There were plenty of flat spaces, which would be perfect for a game of cricket, footy or other running games.
I noticed there was a lot of outdoor seating and many shady areas, which is a nice change at parks.
There were ducks in the pond but a closer look revealed an ominous warning sign. It warned against contact because of the water algae bloom. It is unsafe for human or animal consumption and swimming. Parents were still by the waterside feeding the ducks. I thought that was pretty much frowned upon now because of the possibility of developing dependency.