|The Old Sea Wall|
At the southern edge of the Southport Broadwater Parkland, before a bridge crosses over to The Spit, is a beach strip that's least visited by the regular revelers, the Old Sea Wall Beach Park which is punctuated by few pine trees and deserted pathways.
In these narrow foreshores, you could probably spend the day on a spot without another soul, except for the gulls and cranes that intermittently dive into the waters. All I could think was the stark visibility these waters. With no degree of turbidity, I wondered how these waters are kept pristine. If these were anywhere in the vicinity of Manila, there'd be slum dwellers feasting on their imagined rights to put up shanties where they shouldn't be. A rich nation has such enviable mechanics of governance, but with a population of barely 28,000 in Southport, the central business district of the Gold Coast, I reckon it's easier to handle than one with a population of say, a million.
You could also feed the fish in the water, and there are considerable schools of fish I saw. The bridge connecting the parklands to The Spit is nearby, and so are the beautiful murals on the walls.
Westward, bordering the highway that leads to the bridge, is a small strip of land with a little garden filled with flowers, duly designated as Dr. Eugene Levi Park. We're pointing this out to underline the Ausies' predilection to assign or name parks from minuscule strips of lands so every small corner could be a park.
This is the Eye in the Sky!
Caryl Battersby waxes poetic:
"Ladies fair, I bring to you
Lavender with spikes of blue;
Sweeter plant was never found..."
|This small strip of land with a colorful garden is situated beside the highway. This constitutes Dr. Eugene Levi Park.|