A short drive from the Black Mountain Telstra Tower you'll find Black Mountain Peninsula, a large park with play areas, picnic facilities, and plenty of space. It's the type of place you could easily spend a full day and the kids would still stay entertained.
The main playground is fairly standard, but it's new and well maintained. There are climbing frames and slides on the castle like equipment, as well as smaller things like seesaws, bouncers, and swings. The ground is soft and squishy, so any falls will be taken quite gently.
Some of the newer equipment looks a little strange, and at first glance it's hard to work out just how you actually use it, but kids have a way of figuring these things out.
One highlight of the park and the playground, are some of the extras aimed at kids who might have a bit of difficulty playing with the regular equipment. There are sign posts for children who have trouble communicating, which can be used to share their feelings, what they want, or what piece of equipment they want to use next.
The park also has a liberty swing, which can be used by anyone in a wheelchair or with a disability. It's behind a locked gate to stop others from using it, but if you've got a MLAK then you can open it up and enjoy. The playground could do with a few more all abilities activities, but it's a good start. The liberty swing could do with someone popping in with a leaf blower every now and again.
Of course you want to keep the kids entertained, but it's not all about them. There are barbeque areas and picnic tables around the park, with both undercover and open air spots. It's a good place to hold an event from work gatherings to children's parties, because there's plenty of space and good facilities. Everything is clean, and fairly new.
As the park is quite large it also means you've got plenty of space for running around or having a kick of the footy. There is a bike path that goes along the lake, and if you continue down it you can follow the whole lake around.
Black Mountain Peninsula sits on Lake Burley Griffin, which means the park is surrounded by water. There's a small beach, with a separate fenced off children's area. It's all well and good as long as there isn't algae in the water, so keep an eye out for signs before you take a dip.
If you or the kids are venturing past the kids pool, then there's a small island just off the shore which makes an interesting point to swim to. It's sure to get kids a bit excited if they swim down to the tiny island and get to explore a little bit.
Black Mountain Peninsula is a large park, and instead of manicured lawns and perfect flower beds it's got a lot of natural native beauty. There's plenty for everyone in the family to enjoy, not just the kids.
For more parks and playgrounds around Canberra check out out the TAMS website.