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Published April 5th 2017
Fun, adventure and challenge
When I was growing up in Melbourne's inner west, I remember the wide open spaces and empty house lots I had to explore, run, accept friends' challenges and wile the day away, all conveniently accessible from my back door. With the high-density housing developments in the inner city and rezoning around shopping centres and train stations in the outer suburbs, I have often thought it a pity that the wide open spaces for kids to create their imaginary worlds to explore, climb and be free are dwindling.
Melbourne has some great gardens and purposely created open spaces, but with a drive of more than 40 minutes for most inner city dwellers to experience landscapes for as far as the eye can see, the creation of some extraordinary play spaces is one answer for adventures to be had within access from your back door or apartment.
Now one more can be added to the list of great urban spaces. Booran Reserve in Glenhuntly has been transformed into a playground Mecca.
The City of Glen Eira has spent a lot to time and money, to the tune of $10.8 million, to create an awesome outdoor space for kids, both big and small. Mayor Cr Mary Delahunty has the infectious excitement of a child as she gives viewers a tour on this video.
The new park caters or all ages and abilities. It includes water themes that were inspired by the previous use of the site as a reservoir. The designers have incorporated original structures of the reservoir in the design of the park. There are climbing ropes including a double dome climbing net, a double flying fox and swings. There are active sports areas as well as passive spots for relaxation like the urban forest corridor, outdoor gallery space, picnic shelters and BBQ facilities.
This park is going to create great memories for the kids in the area, just as magical and special as my own childhood roaming and paddock adventures.
During the school holidays, council staff will be at the park everyday from 10am to 4pm to help with queries.
This looks great. We have driven pass so many times waiting for the park to open. We will visit with our cousins and it will become a family meeting spot. Thanks for deciding on a playground instead of a housing development.