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Weston park gone to seed

By grunge_hippy 28 April 2008 50

Spending time with my daughter these holidays, I decided to take her and my nephew to Weston Park.  It was a favourite of mine as a child, and remember many a day exploring the treehouses, playing with the water park, riding the train and going in the hedgemaze.  It was the best damn park in the whole of Canberra.. 

 Well it isnt now. 

The hedgemaze is long gone, with the cypress trees used to create the maze are a tangled mess.  The train, which has not changed at all, is pityful.  It labours through what looks like a tip.  I swear I saw a shopping trolley dumped into what was supposed to be a lagoon.  It is lucky a 2 and 6 year old are easily amused.  It must be the whistle, becasue it wasnt the scenery!

The water park, lays bereft of water (water restrictions perhaps) lays unused.  There are some new spiderweb type climbing things and a couple of swings, but nothing to write home about.

 Where oh where have the treehouses gone?  Another victim of OH&S gone mad?  Yeah, i guess they could have been considered dangerous for those who didnt take care, but thats what made them FUN!

We promptly left and took the kids to Black Mountain Penisula.  At least the park there has something that kids want to play on.  Again, another favourite childhood haunt, and its still good.  I miss the coppers log playground, but I know they pulled that down after a child died… but from what i recall, it wasnt as a result of the playground itself, but an underlying heart problem.  Perhaps someone can enlighten us.

Does anyone else feel the parks in canberra have gone to pot?  I didnt dare go and look in commonwealth park today while we walked around the lake for fear that my favourite park, made of stone has also gone the way of the others.  I know there was talk of it being dismantled because it wasnt safe. 

Has fear of lawsuits made our children’s playground become so banal and boring!!!?!?!

What’s Your opinion?


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tadpole8 5:06 pm 03 Sep 10

Hi, i know this is an old forum, but I am currently doing a project on weston park and trying to find out the more recent history of the park. Does anybody know of anywhere to find info about Weston Park since the 80s? I would love to see some photos of the treehouses and the maze and climbing playground equipment which was there originally. Any help would be much appreciated.

Deadmandrinking 12:53 am 02 May 08

Yes…keep on…umm…flapping milord, woohoo.

Mælinar 2:11 pm 01 May 08

The more you say this, the more I am less inclined to believe you. – that’s the funny thing, see, on account of I’ve heard it more from you.

flap flap flap isn’t a joke either, it’s a statement.

flap flap flap.

Kramer 1:49 pm 01 May 08

Last time I was down at the Cotter (near the site of the old cotter pub) there was a pretty good looking playground. I have yet to take the kidlets down to play-test it…

aronde 11:19 am 01 May 08

Deadmandrinking said :

When was the adventure playground built? .

It was post bushfires. One word of advice bring spare clothes for the little ones. They are bound to get wet pumping water at the top of the hill and following it down the ‘river’. You will know what I mean once you see it!

Deadmandrinking 11:19 pm 30 Apr 08

WMD instead of DMD….very…uhhh…good. *Clap Clap* or should I say *Flap Flap* Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahehehehehoohooowhewhaherhameh
Good god.

I got no problem with you drinking, Maelinar – it’s just that I’m still laughing at your drunken post about how you’re so much better than me or something. Special Forces? Spy? Lord? The more you say this, the more I am less inclined to believe you. Then again, tossers have a place in the army, I’m sure.

I admit, I might have gotten too personal here. It’s just that your fish flapping joke is really, really sh*tting me. Not because it’s particularly biting or funny. It’s neither. It just makes me sad, real sad, that any mind could become as deluded so much that it has to repeat the same stupid joke over and over.

Back to normal conversations. When was the adventure playground built? I don’t seem to remember seeing one out there, although I haven’t been that way since before the fires, I don’t think.

Proud Local 9:14 pm 30 Apr 08

Cool, I shall have to check it out next time I feel like going bush walking down that way.

aronde 9:40 am 30 Apr 08

Proud Local said :

I didn’t know there was an adventure park at Tidbinbilla. We are not talking Corin Forest are we?

Definitely not Corin forest! A very cool adventure playground exists at Tidbinbilla reserve. Something for big kids and little. The new wetland sanctuary is also very good.

Mælinar 8:36 am 30 Apr 08

WMD, you are a little bit rabid. I think you are crossing streams from about 6 separate threads – in 2 paragraphs.

you have no concept of what you’re talking about, as usual. Why do you post? – an incorrect statement, based upon your bias towards me. I have a different opinion to you, it does not make it either incorrect, nor does it imply that I have no concept about what I am talking about. I find it remarkable that you are still coming to grips with the knowledge that everybody else but you understands my posts, and you still think this is a fault at my end.

You don’t make intelligent comments, you couldn’t joke your way out of a paper bag and even your family must find you annoying – again this is your personal opinion. My family do not find me annoying, and a number of people on this site do actually find me quite funny. I’ll point to my closing statement in the previous paragraph, I think you don’t get it, buster.

if all you can do when you drink is direct posts at me telling me how great your life is – I think at the time I was responding to a question you asked me about the quality of my life. My life is great, thankyou very much, and since I am in my 30’s, yes I drink. Is this some kind of problem ? if so, I must have missed the memo, fcuknuckle.

Think about this (if brain work today, yes?), and (Warning: You may be dribbling at this point) I challenge you to still be understanding me at this point. I have long established the fact you stop reading and understanding beyond perhaps 2-3 paragraphs into a dialogue. I’ve yet to hear any comment back about my level of understanding, beyond your snide little comments about my personal traits, which are irrelevant anyway.

mean, if you haven’t had the chance to experience the adrenalin rush of potential danger, – I have an AASM, and 15 years of military experience, including time in special forces units. I think I have already had more adrenalin than you will ever have in your entire lifetime, this is a professional opinion.

you’re going to end up making silly ‘jokes’ on the internet and repeat them over and over till everyone wants to kill you. – haha special olympics nutter. Only you wants to kill me, and that makes you a retard.

You are a fish out of water, which is an analogy I made up specifically for you because of the consistent nature of your posts, hence flap, flap, flap.

You are also prone to firing missiles with the intent to cause as much shock-jock damage as you can, hence WMD instead of DMD.

So keep on flapping, WMD.

Deadmandrinking 11:32 pm 29 Apr 08

Maelinar, you have no concept of what you’re talking about, as usual. Why do you post? You don’t make intelligent comments, you couldn’t joke your way out of a paper bag and even your family must find you annoying if all you can do when you drink is direct posts at me telling me how great your life is…

Nevertheless, I will address your comment.

Think about this (if brain work today, yes?), if kids are deprived of their natural need to take risks and experiment by over-protective parents, might they then conceivably decide to experiment and take risks when they can get away from parental supervision? (Warning: You may be dribbling at this point) I mean, if you haven’t had the chance to experience the adrenalin rush of potential danger, you’re going to end up making silly ‘jokes’ on the internet and repeat them over and over till everyone wants to kill you.

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