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 one of the pumping stations.
Parkes Cemetery: The entrance and main thoroughfare are currently being redeveloped. The glorious stand of old eucalypts had become 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.
Why not start at Lions Memorial Park on Henry Parkes Way. There is a car park, public toilets and some open-air exercise equipment to get you started, if you wish.
From Lions Park, 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 and across the road.
There are a number of opportunities to extend the walk. You could turn onto the path that leads up to the Water Treatment Plant. You could also 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.
A nearby walk is located across the Henry Parkes Way. The Eugowa Road walking and cycling path winds alongside some native woodland and heads south towards Harrison Park and Goobang Creek.
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If you like the sound of this walk, you may also like:
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 – NSW Centre for Road Safety >>