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Seven of the best local parks to explore during your COVID-19 exercise outings

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Getting tired of walking around the block to get exercise during this state of emergency?

The good news is Council park staff are still hard at work keeping our green spaces beautiful to help #rallymooneevalley.

Why not take the chance to explore some of our City’s unique parks while exercising?

Here are seven of our favourites you may not know about.

Afton Street Conservation Park, Essendon West

Once an industrial site, the Afton Street Conservation Park on the Maribyrnong River is now home to many native species of birds and animals. Take the trail up to Lily Street for a view of the city before looping back along the creek. Less crowded than the neighbouring Maribyrnong River loop, the Conservation Park offers a quiet oasis. If you’re lucky you may even be able to spot fish popping up in the water.

‘Horseshoe Bend’, Strathmore

Take a walk from Boeing Reserve to Strathnaver Reserve along the Moonee Creek and pass through Horseshoe Bend. You’ll be rewarded by an eclectic landscape of bush, park and creek. Listen out for the tweets of birds you won’t hear in other parts of our City including fairy wrens.

Napier Park, Strathmore

Back in 1920 local resident Theodore Napier gave the land where Napier Park now sits to Essendon Council on the proviso it was kept in a natural condition free of development. It means today we have a parcel of bushland in suburbia complete with grassy woodlands and river red gums hundreds of years old. If you look closely you can see the furry behinds of slumbering brushtail possums in the tree hollows.

Queens Park, Moonee Ponds

Okay, if you live in Moonee Valley you’ve probably heard of Queens Park but it’s popular for a reason. Enjoy the colourful flowerbeds, learn more about our wartime history or watch the birds dip in and out of the lake while you wander the wide paths.

Rothwell Park, Ascot Vale

With a new flower bed complete and a heap of trees freshly planted, Rothwell Park has never looked so good. Rolling green lawns, colourful flowers and bright autumn leaves, it’s a perfect spot for a walk and a sneaky self-distancing-selfie.

    

Spring Gully Reserve, Niddrie

Take in the beauty of Steele Creek while you walk, run or ride along the paths. There’s some great loop walks to explore under the shade of native trees.

Thompson Street Reserve, Keilor East

Let’s face it, visit anywhere along the Maribyrnong River in Keilor East and you’ll see some spectacular vistas, but Thompson Street Reserve has to be among the best. Perfect place to catch a sunset.

Only leave the house for reasons outlined by the State Government here and keep at least 1.5 metres between you and others while exercising.