Lots to climb, a field to kick on and a giant slippery slide
It seems there is no end to the range of interesting and unique parks popping up all over Ipswich. Rotary Park, on Columbia Drive at Brentwood Forest Park, is another exciting addition to the world of outdoor entertainment for the kids.
The giant slippery slide
The stand-out feature of this park, and what sets it apart from the rest, is the enormous, unmissable slippery slide. I think you'd be hard pressed to find another slide this gigantic at a public park. To get to the top your young adventurers will need to climb, climb, climb. They can either use the walkway, which is fully enclosed and while steep, not too tricky to traverse; or the vertical tube, which will give them a great whole-body workout. The walkway is generous enough to accommodate an adult, should your child become stranded. Once at the top, they can admire the view from the lookout, before plummeting down, down, down the huge silver tube. If they want more climbing, there is a large rope climbing frame, with bridges and swings and all manner of things to explore.
For the smaller park goers, or the less brave, there is a smaller slippery slide built into a hill. Your little one will have endless fun sliding down, then climbing back up using the big red steps to help them. There is also a giraffe to play with, loaded with plenty of things for little hands to push and pull. And of course, there are some swings, a much loved park staple.
Something for the little ones to explore
A slippery slide for the less adventurous
Bring a ball and have a game of soccer or touch football on the well maintained lawns. There are even some goal posts permanently standing. Purists, however may not approve as they don't appear to be regulation shape, strictly speaking. Several bench seats are located around the play areas so you can sit down while the kids run around.
So the kids will have a blast, but let's talk about the features adults might look for in a park. There are some shade sails, though the playground does still receive a lot of sun exposure. It's important, then, to remember you hat and sunscreen. While there is one sheltered picnic table, there are no barbecue facilities here. There are also no toilets. Parking is limited, with only on-street parking currently available. The area is, however, still under development and there may be plans for a carpark in the future. The park itself does not cover a huge area, so space for a picnic is limited. Excellent use has been made of the area though, with some creativity evident in the design and layout of the playground.
But don't be put off by a lack of a few amenities. Your children will love it here. Even if you just stay for an hour, come and visit Rotary Park at Brentwood Forest Park and discover another fabulous place to play in the Ipswich area.