Patterson Park Metung
Located in the heart of the Metung Village, Patterson Park is a lovely natural playground which has a sandy base and a large log and rope climbing frame which has a wooden ladder to a high cubby and easy accessibility. The current park upgrade was officially opened in March 2015.
It has been set up with climbing areas to suit a range of levels of levels of difficulty and ability. Some will make the parents heart beat slightly harder due to the height. There is a large (gravelly) sandpit, birds nest swing, lots of logs and stumps to jump along and across.
Outside the playground area is a BBQ, unshaded seats, basketball court and an unshaded table. Some grassy area and a water play area. There are some large trees to set up a picnic under to get some shade in the warmer months and plenty of seating on the large decking area.
The water play area includes a creek meandering the length of the boardwalk and flanked by a non-slip path, it is a popular activity with kids during the warmer months. To activate the water features, look for one of the three green buttons mounted on the wall next to each water curtain, and behind the splash pad.
Wood carvings in the taller timbers on the park include:
- ‘Take off on an adventure at a moment’s notice’
- ‘Find a lookout with a water view -it can change your perspective on everything’
- ‘Be yourself, everyone else is taken’.
The messages are the rules by which one of the park’s namesakes, Meg Patterson, lived. The land where Patterson Park is located was gifted to Metung by Meg and Jeff Patterson with one wish: for it to remain an open space where children were free to play.
The park enjoys full patronage particularly during the summer months, it is always open and available at no cost.
Closet toilets are located across the road at the Lake King foreshore.