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Published January 24th 2013
Hendra's almost perfect park
My children regard themselves as connoisseurs of fine parks across Brisbane. They play hard, know exactly what they like, and they are not afraid of telling me when a park is awesome or if something does not meet their expectations. My opinion counts as well when deciding where to go for an afternoon play, because we all know Mum has to be happy too.
The Beirne Park, or TC Beirne Park as it was once known, on Gerler Road in the leafy northern suburb of Hendra, is a lovely park that ticks most of the boxes for our family. For Mum, it is just up the road from the beautiful Dandelion & Driftwood Cafe, so yummy coffee is close by.
For the kids, it has the right balance between big kid/ little kid play structures, plenty of shade and space and is easily accessible. It has a few shortcomings, but they are not enough to keep us away. This park has been a regular spot for our family for a few years and we have enjoyed seeing it grow and get upgraded during that time.
Excellent Condition- The park is immaculately maintained with several new or near new play structures. It seems like every time we visit there is something new or an upgrade of some kind.
Variety of play structures- There are easy to access play items for babies and toddlers. But there are also enough climbing and swinging challenges to keep older kids entertained. It works well if you are trying to accommodate for a range of ages.
Safety- The park is fenced along Gerler Rd which sees steady traffic throughout the day. Low fencing surrounds the rest of the park area but with wide open spaces it is easy to keep an eye on the kids and know that they are not near the road. It's also nice that you can see the entire park and play structures from virtually any position. This can be challenging with some parks that feature the play fort style structures (like Kalinga and Moora Park). The park also has soft fall play surfaces under most of the play structures.
Facilities- For such a large, beautiful park in a great area the facilities are a bit lacking. There are no toilets (closest toilets are at Toombul Shopping Centre). The park has two covered seating areas and 2 older style BBQs. There are a couple of uncovered benches and picnic tables. The lack of these facilities means that it is hard to spend an extended time at the park or host a birthday party there.
Pine Bark Surfaces- It may seem picky but I am not a fan of the pine bark ground cover at parks. It's dirty, the kids get covered in dust and it's really hard to tell if there is anything dangerous mixed in. Many of the Brisbane parks are moving towards sand covering, which is much nicer for the kids to play in (like Hidden World Park).
Mosquitoes- Brisbane is sub tropical and mossies are part of the deal, but they seem to be worse at this park than others.
The Beirne Park in Hendra is a great park if you are looking for an all ages play on the Northside. Don't let the minor issues keep you away. Just be sure to "go" before you go and pack the insect repellent.