This walk is located at the edge of town, with all the space and openness that that implies. There are plenty of trees to enjoy along the edge of the path, but you are always in the open.
Lions Memorial Park: One of the well-developed locations for getting the family together for a barbecue, taking the children out for some quality playtime or just to spend some time by yourself using the exercise equipment.
Recycled Water Scheme: This walk includes a section of the Recycled Water Rising Main and passes the one of the pumping stations.
Parkes Cemetery: The entrance and main thoroughfare are currently under redevelopment. The glorious stand of old eucalypts were becoming dangerous due to age and had to be removed. You’ll be able to watch the new garden beds settle in and establish.
Armstrong Park: Named after Francis James “Frank” Armstrong, an alderman, apiarist, builder, author and adventurer. According to the History Parkes blog, “His story is one of family, optimism in the face of whatever life throws his way and of bees!”
Length: 4km return (approximately)
Time: One hour return (approximately)
Type of path: Bitumen, with some uneven sections. There is a small culvert that may contain water after rain.
Gradient: Slight undulations
Best time of day: A lot of the path is bordered to the east by trees. These trees will provide some shade during the morning. The hills of east Parkes will bring shade to the walk in the evening when the sun starts setting.
Nearest public toilets: Lions Memorial Park, at the beginning and end of the walk.
There is a car park at Lions Memorial Park on Henry Parkes Way which makes this end of the walk the convenient starting point for most people. If you wish, you could begin with some stretches on the open-air exercise equipment before setting out.
The footpath heads west towards Russell Street where you turn right. From here, it’s straight on.
A useful turning point for the return journey is where the footpath intersects with the path up to the Water Treatment Plant. You’ll see it head off to the left across the road.
There are a number of opportunities to extend the walk. You could pop into the Parkes Cemetery, if you’ve a mind to. Although, a lap or two of Armstrong Park might be more to your taste.
You could also turn onto the path that leads up to the Water Treatment Plant, and turn around a bit further up that track.
Have you tried?
Have you tried the following walks:
James McGirr – from Parkes to Premier – Parkes Shire Library’s History Parkes blog >>
Parkes Recycled Water Scheme – Parkes Shire Council >>
Armstrong Park – Parkes Shire Library’s History Parkes blog >>
Tips for Pedestrians – from the NSW Centre for Road Safety >>