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Puzzle Park is another example of a massively popular adventure playground with high risk play equipment, but families flocked to it in the 80s and 90s. Its unique play equipment and rides were not to be found anywhere else, and set the bar around Australia.
It almost seems like an outright rejection of a playground in the suburbs - carefully crafted with their safe swings and soft surfaces. Councils have to be influenced by their duty of care (and insurance premiums) and they go overboard to make places safe, but clearly not everyone wants a playground that is "safe".
I only heard of the Burnside Adventure Park in Adelaide's eastern suburbs recently, so it was with some interest that I went to check it out. It's set within the Kensington Gardens Reserve on the Parade. The Reserve is pretty much a collection of sports fields and tennis courts - all well used by the local community.
In the middle of all the sports grounds for adults is an adventure playground for the little ones. When it was installed in 2005 it won several awards for its construction.
Entry for parking and the playground is via West Terrace, off The Parade. There is a small car park at the entry and more parking available inside the reserve. Curiously, the sign for the playground is oriented so that it's visible as you leave rather than when arriving.
The playground includes a Spider's Web climbing frame, a Tree Top climbing frame, slide or slippery dip, and swings. While the concept outlined on the welcoming sign is imaginative and the attractions are colourful and well maintained, I think it falls a little short of the adventure playground title.