This reserve is located off Warrigal Road in Ashburton or for landmark people like myself, it's 3.4 km from Chadstone shopping centre, which is handy if you need a negotiation tool to get some shopping done.
On first sight of the reserve I noticed that the parking is plentiful in the bays provided, even during the peak of school holidays. The bays are located park side of the road which is helpful when you have excited young children impatient to get to the playground. Next I noticed that the playground is completely enclosed with a safety fence and child proof gates, something most parents will appreciate.
The playground itself was officially opened on September 15th 2012 and has since been dubbed a 'super playground'. It's not common to have a reserve with so many facilities that are brand new and all within close proximity. The facilities include a fantastic 2 lane bicycle track as part of the Gardiners creek track, a skate/bmx park, adventure playground, junior soccer field, senior soccer/cricket field, community garden, shelters and more.
Within the playground is everything a child could wish for including the usual swings, slides, climbing ropes and so on. But what stands out in particular are artistic elements within the space , which includes tree trunks that can be used as a maze or hide and seek, 'cheese sticks' near the entry, bongo drum shaped seats, carved wood kookaburras and so on.
The kids loved the rope climbing frames, the elevated boardwalk/bridge, the digger in the sandpit, the many slides and swings. I think the only thing they didn't like about the playground was leaving. They gave this playground a 4.9 out of 5.
Other features within the playground include plenty of seating, picnic tables, shelters, a toilet, a bbq, water fountains, all abilities equipment, bike racks, a few shade sails, play equipment suitable for toddlers to teens and growing trees to provide shade in time to come.
To make the most of the playground I suggest taking along a basketball/ball to use on the small plastic hoops and some sand toys for the sandpit along with a picnic lunch or snacks. Enjoy Markham Reserve