CERES – Community Environment Park
When: Open, except public holidays, 8.30am – 5pm (approx.) but please click here for complete information.
Where: Cnr Roberts & Stewarts Sts, Brunswick East, click here for map
What: cafe, organic market, play areas, walks, education programs (from professional workshops to cooking classes to yoga), performances and events, plant nursery and more
Cost: entry is FREE
Thankfully since the new buildings were completed there is on site car parking – a great bonus when driving as street parking is a bit limited.
We have never attended a class (but there are many – mostly aimed at adults or teens, check the website for more information www.ceres.org.au) as our visits to CERES are usually to catch up with friends who live on that side of town – it’s a great place to let the kids run about as well as grab a coffee and say hello to the chooks.
Once the site of a rubbish dump – this fantastic facility is now both park and organic farm. (If you read recent media coverage about unsafe levels of toxins in the soil this was incorrectly reported – unfortunately no one reads the corrections bit of the paper = PR nightmare for CERES). Produce from the farm is available for purchase at the market.
There are two cafes on site – the one nearest the nursery is located in the organic market area. Often on weekends there is live music happening in the cafe/market area so it’s a jolly spot to soak up the atmosphere. And on the weekends there is also a general market as well – stock up on hand made soaps etc.
The second cafe is located in the heart of CERES (click here for map) and has a playground located next to it. The playground requires a little parent supervision (depending on child’s age) as there is a steep hill… we are hoping the new playground isn’t too far away (click here for more information) as it’s desperately needed – not that the kids mind at all!
FYI if you have a wandering toddler you will need to keep a little eye out as there are some open water spots within the CERES parklands. And if it’s been raining I highly recommend you wear gum boots – it is a farm after all!