How wonderful to wake up to the pitter-pat of raindrops on a Sunday morning when I had the day off. Contemplating on how to keep the kids (my 19 year old differently-abled son, and his energetic Dalmatian who is training to be his service dog) entertained, I abandoned my rainy-day internet search, when the sun appeared as rapidly as the rain had. Off we headed in the direction of Green Point, intending on a walk at the promenade, but remembering that Green Point Urban Park had been on our to-visit list for some time.
It is so refreshing to be out in the sunshine on a lazy Sunday with the tranquil beauty of a blue sky and the greenery of the park paired with the gentle buzz of fellow walkers, cyclists, dog owners, parents, and well just about every category of fresh-air and nature seekers! The paths are wide and paved, allowing easy wheeling throughout. There are many interesting areas to explore, something for everyone with detailed boards providing useful information.
There is an outdoor gym, for fitness enthusiasts, an inclusive playground for families with young children, numerous picnic areas, and some interesting biodiversity gardens. The park is geared for families, all members of them – and the furrier ones are considered too – the water fountains had 3 different levels – one for able-bodied visitors to stand at, one for wheelchair-users to be able to wheel up and under, and one for our 4-legged friends – what a lovely touch!
A highlight for me was discovering the labyrinth. This quiet, zen-like space surrounded by trees and greenery provides a secluded space to escape the bustling park for a moment or two. In the centre, a lavender-lined labyrinth (or so my one sense told me) begs to be walked. Unfortunately the curving paths are not wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, but an alternative was carefully considered. Resting benches, each with a space created for a person in a wheelchair, encircle the labyrinth. A touch-labyrinth at either end – one for a person sitting on the bench, and one for a person in a wheelchair, offer a sensory experience of the labyrinth. Gently trace the paths with your finger tips while inhaling the scents of nature with the warm sun on your cheeks and cool breeze in your hair.
All this sunshine, fresh air, ambling and meditating can work up an appetite, or a thirst at very least. The Tea in the Park Restaurant is both wheelchair-accessible and dog-friendly with some delectable menu items to tantalise your taste buds. The menu includes sandwiches, wraps, quiche and some yummy desserts. The staff are friendly, welcoming us and our dog, and service quick and efficient.
Green Point Urban Park is definitely worth repeat visits on lazy Sundays, whether for solo strolls through the greenery or a family day out. It’s an easy outing for visitors who are wheelchair-users and for an extended outing, within easy access of the lighthouse and promenade.