A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published February 3rd 2013
Sail the seven seas at Black Rock's superb playspace
There are several great playgrounds located along the stretch of Beach Road which runs from St Kilda to Mordialloc. And now there's a new one to add to the list. Black Rock Foreshore Playground has undergone a dramatic transformation, and not before time.
Reopened over the Christmas Holiday period, this playground has gone from a tired and neglected looking playspace, to a brand-spanking-new pirate themed park. With fencing and landscaping, as well as new benches, bike racks, plus the original barbeques, all that's missing is a toilet block.
Sail the high seas on the fantastic pirate ship
Taking centre stage, the main climbing structure is a magnificent pirate ship with all the bells and whistles you would expect; nets for climbing, slides for descending, a wheel for steering and a tricky plank for traversing. Within spying distance (through the trusty telescope) is a huge see-saw adorned with dolphins and sharks in keeping with the theme. Toddlers will enjoy exploring the space underneath the pirate ship with its many hidey holes and doorways.
Beware the sharks which lurk in the water below
There are swings for little ones as well as for older kids and a large birds nest swing if the regular variety doesn't please. There is also an enormous net pyramid which provides a great lookout for any aspiring Jack Sparrows. Natural materials have been used to create other interesting features such as balance beams and a forest of poles, encouraging creative and imaginary play.
Any mutinous buccaneers will be made to walk the plank
On a sunny afternoon, this is a lovely spot to enjoy the view over Black Rock beach whilst tucking into an ice cream from nearby gelato Davey Macs. Once the kids have had enough of the playground, you can walk, scoot or cycle along the coastal path or check out some of the interesting shops in Black Rock Village.