Mentone Racecourse Reserve
As the name suggests, it is built on the site of the old Mentone Racecourse, which was in operation from 1888 until 1948. It was then used as a training track until most of it was converted into a housing estate in the early 70’s. And luckily for those new residents (and us) a large area was preserved and made into the gorgeous park and lake we see today.
Fittingly the reserve has a horseracing theme throughout. The main structure has a long ramp flanked by images of horses leading to the finish line. Little ones love the horse springers and there are two large horses resting under a tree that are worth a little sit on.
There are slides, climbing wall, fireman’s pole, a tunnel, rope ladder, tic-tac-toe, curved vertical rope climbing frame. The flying fox is a big draw card to the park for the bigger kids. There is a maze to explore and a sandpit with two diggers and a rocky creek bed leading down to the lake with a musical turtle. Further around the lake is an area with four swings (including one with a harness), two stand-on spinners and a carousel.
There are shelters with tables and BBQ plus shaded and unshaded seats scattered about the area. Toilets, water taps. Plenty of grass for the sporty types – a basketball key and hoop, oval with soccer net at one end, and AFL goals at the other, and a wall for tennis practice. Dogs are allowed on lead and make sure you bring a picnic, as there are countless lovely spots to set up your rug.
40-50 Glenelg Drive, Mentone