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Published April 7th 2018
Bob Gamble Park - more than water play
Bob Gamble Park is the second stage of the River Heart Parklands (King Edward Parade, Ipswich). It is known by many for its zero-depth water play area and adventure playground, however, this parkland also features great opportunities for nature play.
The aquativity zone offers both a flat playing area and multi-tier ledges with alternating water sprayers. Children can also experiment with water pumps and direct overflow through a network of stepping stones and pathways. This area is particularly well shaded by large material sails.
Playground areas are positioned on either side of the aquativity zone. One side is well shaded with a flying fox and swing sets. The opposite side is unsheltered but contains the most impressive piece of playground equipment - a large tower with enclosed slide. This tower is more suitable for older children as it accessed by a spiderweb climbing net and tall ladder.
Towards the rear of the parklands are several picnic gazebos overlooking the Bremer River.
Our family's favourite section of this park is the "Discovery Forest," boasting impressive mature trees, thick canopies and cool temperatures. Little adventurers can explore the forest floor, climb and swing on a rope attached to a tall tree, enjoy wooden balance beams, cross a wooden bridge and climb through two forts.