Brooklyn Reserve, Brooklyn is inspired by the Wedge-tailed Eagle

You’ll find Brooklyn Reserve located within Brooklyn, a small Melbourne suburb wedged between Tottenham and Altona North and mainly accessed via Geelong Road. Unfortunately, Brooklyn is reputed to have the worse air quality in Melbourne thanks to the industry surrounding its residential streets.

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The silver lining is that the neighbourhood park in Brooklyn Reserve received an upgrade to its playground thanks to a $200,000 air pollution fine under the EPA’s IES (Innovative Environmental Solutions) scheme.

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The playground has an overall theme of native Australian animals and birds with an emphasis on the Wedge-tailed Eagle. That means that the playground features a rainbow-hued 6-metre high climbing frame – the ‘Eagle’s Lair’, connecting to an unexpectedly fast slide…

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a scooter track perimeter and exercise equipment.

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The playground adjoins a large grassy area for ball games or picnics and basketball court.

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There’s equipment for little ones too, with a smaller climbing fort, instruments and spinning carousel, sandpit and small water pump.

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A highlight is the double swing that faces inwards, allowing adults and kids (or two kids in this case) to face each other and swing.

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I like the different sculptures and explanatory panels extending kids’ curiosity beyond what’s in front of them.

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Facilities have also been upgraded with barbecue shelters, a water tap and there are disabled toilets with change facilities. There are also toilets inside Brooklyn Community Hall and the Brooklyn Tennis Club, but don’t count on them being open all the time.

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Tips for Brooklyn Reserve:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • disabled toilets with change facilities and toilets at Brooklyn Community Hall and the Brooklyn Tennis Club (not always open);
  • Natural shade from some trees.
  • Picnic areas and BBQs; and
  • Free parking.

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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