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Boathouse Park, Moonee Ponds

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by GhostOwl (subscribe)
I'm an educator and freelance writer living in Melbourne's inner west with my husband and two lovely boys.
Published June 25th 2012

I have a few favourite parks up my sleeve for the days when the local just won't cut it and the boys are climbing the walls.Today is one of these days so off we go to Moonee Ponds to a beautiful park on the Maribyrnong River.

What I love about the Boathouse Park is that it's easily accessible for all ages, with varying levels of difficulty on climbing and and lots of cubby hideaways under the play set itself. It's a wonderful, wooden build of ramps, slides and flying foxes, which is a nice change from the ubiquitous, brightly coloured metal contraptions around the city.

Strategically placed musical instruments dot the surrounds along with plenty of well positioned bench seats for the parents.
Moreover, it comes kitted out with an awesome mini skate, bike and scooter track right next to the playset.

I love the originality of this park. It's been personalised with beautifully quirky sculptures, child made mosaics which are set into the pavement and overall it has the general feel that it was designed with love.

An even more appealing aspect of this park is that it is located next to the Boathouse Restaurant. Perhaps you can order your meal while you watch the kids play and then call them in to eat when it appears on the table!

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Why? It's interesting, stimulating and possesses charm, functionality and quirk.
Where: The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds 3038
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