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The Parks of Chermside

Introduction

The Parks of Chermside stretch from Virginia Railway Station west along Downfall Creek via Heinrich Gerns Park under Newman Road; into 7th Brigade Park to Murphy Road and into Marchant Park; finally over Webster Road to the very small cut off portion of Marchant Park.

Downfall Creek is a wild life corridor enabling birds, land and water animals free movement along it from D'Aguilar Range to the Boondall Wetlands. There are many large and small ceramic plaques along the tracks graphically telling the story of Downfall Creek.

Shared Bicycle and Pedestrian tracks cover the entire park area and completely circle around Marchant Park.

Exercise gyms, child play areas, BBQ stoves and Toilets are scattered along the tracks and two large off leash dog areas are provided in Gerns Park and 7th Brigade Park. There plenty of 'dog droppings' bins along the tracks.

Map of the Parks from Virginia to Aspley.


Heinrich Gerns Park.


Large Off Leash Dog park lies between Brickyard Rd. and Downfall Creek.

Play Area Magenta St. Wavell Hts.


Bike Track Magenta St. Play Area

This little people play area also has a BBQ stove, a shelter shed and a drinking fountain. There is plenty of shade, a good picnic area!

There is a garbage bin, in fact there are garbage bins all over the parks but there seem to be some strange people who don't know what they are for! Very puzzling.

Track under Bridge Newman Rd.


Bike Track Newman Rd. Bridge

After you go under the bridge you can go left (South) into 7th Brigade Park and towards Chermside or you can go right (North) and into 7th Brigade Park and towards Geebung. This is one of the few places where you can get right down to the creek. It is good for paddling but you have to be careful as the rocks can get slippery.

When there is a lot of heavy rain the track floods and becomes impassable, but this does not happen very much these days as the climate is changing very rapidly.

7th Brigade Park


Children's Corner Newman Rd. & Delaware St.


Bike Play Area 7th Bdg. Park

This extensive playground has a variety of 'things' such as slippery dip, spinning wheel to hang on, nets to climb up and down, swings for the little ones and the bigger ones. For the adults there are a variety of gym exercise 'things'.

There are also shelter sheds, BBQ stoves and drinking fountains scattered throughout the corner.

The Toilet


Bike Tracks Toilet

This amenity stands a little apart from the rest of the area. There is another one at the other end of 7th Brigade Park at Kidspace off Murphy Rd.

This is one of the modern fireproof toilets, all the old solid brick walls capped with a concrete slab have been long gone.

Special Swing


Bike Track - Family Corner - Special Swing

This swing is able to hold a wheel chair and occupant in safety.

Marchant Park


Kid Space 7th Brigade Park


Kid Space 10 years old

Kid Space was built in the late 1990s off Murphy Road at the Northern End of the park. It was sponsored by Aspley Lions and built by Brisbane City Council with a lot of help from about 800 volunteers.

A team of four men came from USA with the plans and the know how to direct the building. The Australian Army drilled the holes for and erected the big poles on which the structure hangs. The BCC put the iron roof on and built the toilet.

Vandals have attacked the structure and succeeded in completely burning down the first toilet block. BCC promptly built the existing block making it fire proof.

Water Harvesting Tanks Marchant Park


Water Harvesting Tanks Marchant Park.

These are two of seven similar tanks which harvest water from a very small creeklet which runs under Gympie Rd., across the park and out under Ellison Rd.

The tanks hold 2 million liters of harvested water which is piped to most of the Cricket Ovals to spray the pitches and the surrounding grass. This water does not go to the drinking fountains on the ovals or the Canteen.

Bicentennial Plaque Downfall Creek.


 Bicentennial Beautification of Downfall Creek.

This plaque is fixed to a large rock in 7th Brigade Park on the intersection of Murphy and Gympie Roads. It marks the endless continuation of the preservation of our natural heritage; Brisbane is the city of trees.

Ceramic Plaque near Kidspace


Ceramic Plaque near Kidspace

This is one of about 12 plaques which tell a story of the area of Downfall Creek in pictures. You have to use your imagination because the story begins a very long time ago, long before the whites arrived.