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The Castle of Taylor

The play space (playground) in the new estate of Taylor, Gungahlin.

Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground is the official name of a place that should be called, with a little mystery, The Castle. The ramparts have collapsed to mounds around a courtyard filled with treasures. Enter across the drawbridge under the tower and discover the secrets.

“On the south wall overlooking the plain, a man, by some magic, had created a marvel that flew like a bird and howled with great intensity.”

Stories of a Traveller (MMXX AD)

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The area

From the ridge along the border, the ACT drops into the Gungahlin Valley. Ginninderra Creek has its source high in these hills and meanders south to a narrow at Crace, and then into the Belconnen Valley. After a long journey through the suburbs of western ACT, this great creek drops into the Murrumbidgee River over remarkable but little know falls.

Taylor is the newest estate in the far north of Gungahlin. A large part of it is still under construction, the lower sections have been completed and a small population huddles around the boundary along Horse Park Drive. Below Taylor is the suburb of Moncrieff.

Getting there

The Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground is in the south of Taylor. The new estate of Taylor sprawls around it. Unless you live in Taylor, riding there is one slow and gradual climb, to be rewarded with a rapid downhill race home. The Castle is hard to spot because it is hidden behind its grassy mounds.

The bike paths in Taylor are very good and it is a joy to ride there. The hills are long but rideable. The underpass beneath Horse Park Drive is the most scenic route for entry. There are a few paths crossing from Casey. These can be all found on OpenStreetMap.

Taylor bike paths. CyclOSM v0.3.6 Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Large areas of the estate are still under construction. Taylor bike paths. CyclOSM v0.3.6 Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

The coloured map below (isochrone) shows the ride distance from the playground. Each ring is 1km distance. The green ring is within 1km from the playground. Ngunnawahl, Amaroo and southern Casey are about 3km away. Most of Moncrieff and the northern part of Casey is less than 2km distant.

Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground. Isochrone plot generated with OpenRouteService. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
A gentle downhill to Gungahlin. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground. Isochrone plot generated with OpenRouteService. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

The play space

The Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground is rather close to the Moncrieff Community Recreation Park Playground but there is good reason to ride up the hill, as The Castle is quite different. It has a trampoline and interesting climbing slopes, towers to scale and bridges to cross. The Taylor ovals are adjacent so there is plenty of open space. Facilities are limited to a pair of picnic tables and a drinking water fountain. There are no toilets unfortunately and no shops in Taylor yet. Bike parking is provided at both entrances.

Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor is not that far from Moncrieff Community Recreation Park Playground. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

The Magician

Daniel astonished everyone with his super fast quadkopter drone. He sped it around the adjacent field with up to 300km per hour!

Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Daniel, The Magician. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
“… a marvel that flew like a bird and made strange noises.” Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
We crept along the wall with great anticipation.” Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor

Bike parking

Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Bikes parked in a leisurely way. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Bikes parked at the main entrance. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor

Entrance

“taylor” entrance sign beside the main entrance. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Main entrance. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
The “draw bridge” entrance. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor

Draw bridge

Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Bridge over entrance. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Bridge. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Bridge. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor

Courtyard

Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Trampoline, Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
See-saw, Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Climbing slope. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Steps. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Slide. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Climbing slope. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Telephone tube in the central garden. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor

Outdoor fitness centre

Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Outdoor fitness centre. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Outdoor fitness centre. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor

Facilities

Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Picnic tables. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Water fountain. Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor

Views from the castle wall

Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Car park behind Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Climbing pyramid, Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor
One Tree Hill (848m) behind Talyor and Sutherland Crescent Central Community Playground, Taylor

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