Weston Creek is an area 14kms south west of Canberra's CBD. It an established area with a plentiful supply of local parks in each suburb, all located within streets of each each home. Some are basic playgrounds with few amenities, however there are a few larger ones with more to entertain. When our family first moved to Canberra we lived on the border of Weston Creek and Woden, so we made it our mission to find local parks for our daughter to enjoy. These are the ones that we have discovered - what are your favourites?
RIVETT COMMUNITY PARK This colourful park is ideal for little climbers, with a series of colourful metal shapes to climb over, as well as a climbing net to master. There is also a funnel speaker to talk into, slide, swings, two BBQ's, undercover area and the community oval adjacent to the park for a game of soccer afterwards. You can also take the kids bikes with flat paths surrounding the playground. This playground is abit tricky to find behind some trees near to Rivett shops, however if you park your car behind the shops at Rivett Place and walk down the path next to the childcare centre, you will find it next to the neighbourhood oval.
This large playground has a storytime theme, so the kids can climb up to the top of a castle and traverse a fort with turrets at the top. There is also fireman poles, swings and climbing nets to manouvre. The castle and slide (which is wheel chair accessible with a ramp at the back) is the highlight of this playground for our daughter and her friends. This playground is also located next to a neighbourhood oval, so the kids can have a run around afterwards. Chapman Storytime Playground is located on the corner of Tauchert Street and Valli Place, Chapman. For an extended article on Chapman Storytime Playground, see here.
CHAUVEL CIRCUIT, CHAPMAN This playground is a cute little park for younger children with stunning views over the area. With swings, slide, swinging bridge, firemans pole and picnic tables nearby, it is a good park to keep the younger ones entertained for awhile. There is also small park on the way up to this playground if the kids want to stop and have a play at that one also.
Depending on your location within the Weston Creek, there are a number of other playgrounds that you can visit out of the area within minutes.
WRIGHT PLAYGROUNDS If your location in Weston Creek is closer to Duffy, then the new suburb of Wright is located less than 4km's away. Wright has a number of new and colourful playgrounds for all ages. There are large slides, climbing frames, swings, spinning toys and a bright red fire engine to play on. For an extended article on Wright Playgrounds, see here.
Wright playground on the corner on Banjo Patterson Street and Tishler Street
KAMBAH ADVENTURE PARK If you lived closer to the Fisher end of Weston Creek, then Kambah Adventure Park in Springbett Street is only 5km's away. It is a large playground that is very spread out, so bring your walking shoes. There are long slides, flying foxes, swings, toddler areas and plenty of space to kick a ball and for the kids to ride bikes. With free BBQ's and shady trees to picnic under, it is easy to stay all day at this large park. For an extended article on Kambah Adventure Park, see here.
If you are happy to drive further afield (with little mobile phone coverage), this Murrumbidgee River recreational area and playground is situated 15km's west of Weston Creek. It has a large playground that is enjoyed by all ages and has swimming areas and picnic areas surrounding it. A popular retreat for Canberran locals, pack a picnic and stay all day to enjoy this beautiful area. Cotter Reserve Playground is located on Cotter Avenue, via Cotter road.
THE LOCAL PARK With so many local options within Weston Creek and the surrounding areas, there is always a playground nearby for Weston Creek families. Our family loves to explore different parks, however sometimes there is nothing better than just walking to your local park and seeing what insects and discoveries you can find along the way. This playground in Fisher (below) has provided our family with enjoyment and in particular it is a warm playground in the winter months with full sun.
If you have a favourite Weston Creek playground not mentioned here, please add a comment to this article to share your discovery. You can never have too many playgrounds to explore each weekend!