Subiaco Common, the closest park to our apartment block, starts just 400 steps from the front door. Although there are lots of lovely places to walk around our home, this is the place I go most often. It makes my heart sing with its beauty.
When my friend, SueW from Yorkshire in the UK put out a blogging challenge to write about parks in the Weekly Prompts she and her partner, CG, organise I felt compelled to respond. You might enjoy Sue’s entertaining blog at Nan’s Farm Inside Out.
Features of Subiaco Common
The park is surrounded by houses and apartment blocks, but manages to maintain its peaceful ambience. There are ample lawn areas, an avenue of oaks on the western end a playground that encourages free inventive play.
Water runs, creek-like, through some parts, with ferns and stepping stones which delight the children. Little bridges invite us to play Pooh Sticks.
Mere Lake in the centre reflects trees and nearby houses. It attracts water-birds including ducks and black swans.
In summer trees provide plenty of shade. In winter, the sun shines through deciduous trees and people sun themselves on the park benches. One day I hope I will attain my goal of spending more time sitting, not walking, on the Subiaco Common, perhaps with a book or some writing. Maybe I’ll sit, soak up sunshine and contemplate the beauty.
I knew about this lovely place before we moved to Subiaco because one of my daughters and her family live nearby, and we’d spent hours with her grandchildren (my great-grandchildren) playing on the equipment tucked into one corner. I’d walked her little dog along the paths a few times when the family had been away.
We’d also enjoyed picnics there for birthdays and for no reason, but simply because we could. Subiaco Common is that sort of park. Other people also vie for a table or spread their blankets on the grass picnic. Our family calls it ‘the picnic park’.
More about the park
The City of Subiaco, responsible for the design and maintenance of the Subiaco Common and many other parks in its area, takes pride in its achievements. Rightly so.
Most areas are accessible for people with prams and those in wheelchairs.
Mere Park Way, Subiaco Central
You can read about some of my thoughts about the much larger Kings Park, two kilometres from home, where I also walk regularly.