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Ardrie Park - The Hidden Playground

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published January 28th 2014
Perfect for toddlers
Ardrie Park Playground

In the leafy suburb of Malvern East, tucked away from all the busy city traffic is a hidden playground that locals retreat to with their young children.

The parkland that the playground is located within is lined with big deciduous Elm trees that are most inviting on a warm summers day to sit under with a picnic and a cool drink and enjoy the gentle breeze. Fortunately around half of the playground is shaded by the big trees so even if it's a scorching hot day there is still the option of using part of the playground that is in the shade.

As you would notice by the photos, the playground is surrounded by a childproof fence with self closing gates, which is perfect for the toddler that is a bit of a Houdini.

The play equipment is basic and more suited for toddlers through to about 7 or 8 years, much over this age and I think it will not challenge them enough and they will find it boring. In saying that though there were many older children playing on the tennis courts which are adjacent to the playground as well as teenagers playing cricket and kicking a footy on the large grassed area the size of an oval.

There were many people strolling through the park and admiring the plants in the central area. It seems popular with dog walkers too.

The park has limited BBQ facility's with only one in the entire park so if you're going specifically for BBQ there could be wait, though in saying that I haven't seen it being used before as it seems the only people using the park live in the surrounding residences, perhaps because it's well hidden from main roads.

Other facilities include a toilet block, dog water bowls underneath the drinking water fountains, tennis courts and playground as mentioned above and parking spaces.

The original motor garage

For the history on Ardrie park have a look at the Stonnington City Council site here. For information on tennis court hire/membership click here.

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Why? Great for toddlers
When: All year round
Where: Corner of Wilmot ave and Howard st, Malvern East
Cost: Free
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