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AA Baily Recreation Ground

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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.
Bailey Reserve & car park
Bailey Reserve & car park

There are clean and free electric barbeques with undercover seating next to the playgrounds, ideal if a group of friends want to make a relaxing day of it.
AA Bailey BBQ area
AA Bailey BBQ area

Toddlers Playground (also called Goodale Reserve)
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!
Pirate ship
Pirate ship

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.
Toddlers playground
Toddlers playground

Children's Playground
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.
Main play area
Main play area


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.
Dogs exercising on the rugby oval
Dogs exercising on the rugby oval

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.
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Why? Heaps of fun for kids and adults
Where: End of Hessian Avenue Clarence Gardens 5039
Cost: Free
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