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Published May 18th 2012
The AA Bailey Recreation Ground in Clarence Gardens is one of the most popular play areas in the southern suburbs and combines four separate recreation areas in one. It has a large adjacent car parking area within effortless reach of the recreation areas, and toilets are open daytimes about 100 metres away.
There is an enclosed toddlers area (dogs not permitted) with a hugely popular Pirate Ship containing steering wheels, portholes and a mast, together with with a slippery dip that can be used to exit the structure. This is an instant hit and always the first stop with younger children!
Also in the toddlers area is a small footbridge, see-saw, rocker and a swing, all on rubberised bases for safety. Adults are catered for with picnic tables and seats so you aren't worn out while your little ones play.
A few steps away from the fenced off toddlers playground is a greened area containing a playground suited to older children, including a mound slide, climbing structures, flying fox, swing, and spinner. For sports minded children there is a basketball hoop a short distance away and cricket nets on the rugby oval.
Rugby/Cricket Oval This enormous oval is used for rugby and cricket on some weekends, but when not in use is a very popular off-leash dog exercise area. Ideal if your furry friend is full of energy because there is heaps of room to run in this fenced area and the locals are very friendly.
Soccer oval If you're kids are a bit older, bring their soccer ball and have a game on the soccer oval about 50 metres across the car park from the playgrounds. It is used occasionally on weekends, but is little used at other times and dogs are currently banned from that oval.