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Alma Park & Adventure Playground

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by Rita Price (subscribe)
Writer, editor, minimalist
Published September 2nd 2012
An inner city park with multi uses

Alma Park in St Kilda is the pleasant green belt you whizz past on your left just before Chapel Street if travelling to the city. The park extends to Alma Road and is divided in two by the Sandringham line railway tracks.

At the Dandenong Road end, adjacent to the graffiti-lined western wall, the park resembles a small forest of tall pines, oaks and native trees. It's a firm favourite of locals and their dogs due to its off-leash areas and a good place to collect fallen pine cones for Christmas decorations.

Several pedestrian and bike paths intersect the park. One path is lined with overhanging bushes and plants that form a secluded area for quiet contemplation. If you need a pit stop or shelter from the rain, there's an attractive rotunda nearby.

The Alma Road end features tall palm trees and a playground with innovative equipment and a magnificent Moreton Bay fig.

A few years ago, the delightful but ramshackle tree house and rope ladder attached to the fig were replaced by a more sturdy climbing frame and slide, which are accessed via a concrete path.

There's a loveable giant slug made of fibreglass and old tyres decorated with shiny mosaic tiles, mirrors, shells and glass beads to amuse the climbers, jumpers and sliders.

Detail of mosaic lining on slug

For thrill seekers, there is a low hanging zip line that attracts children and not-too-heavy adults.

This area is a popular spot for children's parties with its bouncing, spinning and climbing equipment and decorated picnic tables and barbecue.

And for nature lovers, the small pond and creek lined with bulrushes and reeds that intersect the playground provide opportunities for tadpole and frog spotting.

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Why? For a breath of fresh air and fun for the kids
Where: Alma Road. St Kilda, VIC
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