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Monday, December 07, 2009

Exploring Hay's Paddock - East Kew

Hay's Paddock is a large park located in East Kew which can be accessed via Lister Street at the northern end or via Longstaff or Leason streets from the south (Melway 45 J1-2).

It's about 8 km from the Melbourne CBD, within the Booroondarra Shire.

Hay's Paddock is an extensive recreation area consisting of two sportsgrounds which are used for soccer during the winter and cricket during the summer. In addition, an archery paddock sits at the northern end of the park.

However, the highlight of Hays Paddock is the all-abilities playground which sits on the banks of the billabong. The playground was designed to enable children with disabilities and those without to play together. It includes the usual swings and slides, plus a swing with harness, double-width slide, extra wide see-saw, hammock and a spider's web trampoline which ensures fun for all children.

In addition, there are tables and seating for picnics, toilets, barbecue, sand pit with sun-shade and car parking. The whole area has a bushland theme with plenty of seating and shade.

The Paddock was once a market garden in the late 1800s - the billabong is a natural feature and is the habitai of many species of birds.

I visited Hay's Paddock on Sunday afternoon December 6, 2009, or a 2 km circuit hike around the Reserve - my starting point was Kilby Rd. There was plenty of action - hundreds of people were enjoying barbecues and picnics next to the Billabong - a soccer match was in progress - the Playground was popular - Green Creek was flowing.

See all of the Photos of my visit!

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