I last wrote about Jack Shanahan Reserve in April 2014, just after the park reopened after an upgrade. See – http://bit.ly/1VbnyNK
We ended up in Jack Shanahan Reserve this afternoon while enjoying a random bicycle ride around the area. I am pleased to say that this park is looking great & was full of children & young adults. Being a skater’s park it is very popular.
Immediately apparent was the new trees. I counted 19 of them. Some might have been planted with the upgrade last year, but I cannot remember so many new trees & feel sure that I would have mentioned them in my post.
I wrote, “A number of good-sized Pin Oaks have been planted around the picnic kiosk & also at points along the path. These trees continue what appears to be a theme in this park. I was pleased to see that none of the mature trees on the hill have been removed. In 12-months when the grasses have grown & the trees are larger the differences will be more apparent.”
The new trees are Eucalypts & others, but not Pin oaks. They have been planted in the lawn area alongside the railway line. They already look good & very soon their canopy will block out the passing trains, plus provide shade & habitat for wildlife.
The native grasses have grown & filled out garden beds. It all looks lush & inviting – a park one would want to visit.
Unfortunately I saw young people throwing glass bottles at three Australian White Ibis who had come to inspect the barbeque. I am not a fan of signs, but I think Council could do well to install a sign here to tell the community that these birds are native & protected by law. It may help eliminate unnecessary cruelty to wildlife that have an equal right to be in the park as people do. A sign may also help young people educate others who do the wrong thing.