Every so often we come across a story, a conversation, a blog post or a photo that provides a little snapshot into the lives of others, and how Centennial Parklands (consciously or not) has a positive effect on their lives.

We came across Natalie’s The Nature Strip blog recently, and with her permission, we thought we’d re-publish one of her recent posts to share it. Perhaps it strikes a chord with you.

Park pleasures
Original publish date: February 23, 2013

My little family lives in an urban jungle, one way concrete, the other way grass.

As a parent, I want my child to recognise and appreciate the serenity of nature – grass between his toes, the sound of birds tweeting overhead, the sensation of gusty winds blowing off his hat, and the impressiveness and incredible energy of trees.

We are lucky (and grateful) to have a park at the end of our street, and next to this, the beautiful and wonderful Centennial Park, Sydney, a refuge from the big smoke with wandering geese, forests of eucalyptus gums, and water lilies bobbing on ponds.

The local park is our escape from our four walls – it’s where we bond, my son looks on with bewilderment at dogs chasing balls, where he looks to the sky, and discovers the textures of tress that have been standing there for hundreds of years. He also likes to eat leaves.

It’s hard to not get caught up in the city bubble – but it’s reassuring to know that we can wander in to a green oasis, take a deep breath and reconnect.

Thanks to Bron at Baby Space for taking these ‘special moment’ pics. x


Thanks Natalie for allowing us to share your little story.

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This post is the start of ‘storytelling month’ at Centennial Parklands. We want to encourage you to share your story, your memories and your photos of times in Centennial Parklands. To spur this on, we’re launching an outdoor interactive exhibition this week in Centennial Park – Talking Flower Towers!

Hear stories from people behind-the-scenes, from regular park visitors and from some very well-known park visitors who gave us a few moments of their time to share their stories (we won’t reveal who you’ll see!).

While the exhibition will provide opportunities for everyone to hear these stories, if you have a smartphone, we recommend you download and install a QR Code Reader on your phone to get the best from this experience.

To help, here is a free QR Reader you can download:


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