Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published August 14th 2012
Playground with the wow factor
Located in Calamvale, between Formby and Ormskirk Streets, this park has the wow factor. Recommended to me by another mum, I'm reluctant to review this park on Weekend Notes; so far it has remained somewhat of a southside secret.
Work began on Calamvale District Park in 2010 with an off-leash dog park. Over the past two years, council has added an award-winning playground, picnic shelters, and toilet block; with room for new features to be added as the community grows.
The focal point of the playground is the tree tops sky walk, with only two ways up: rope ladder or spider web. Once kids have climbed to the top, they can walk through the sky until they come to the super-duper slippery dip.
Another fabulous feature is the double flying fox. Two flying foxes, side by side, allow friends (or foes) to race each other across a sew-dust strewn zone.
While older children will enjoy the tree tops sky walk and flying fox, this park caters to kids of all ages. Younger children have their own miniature sky walk. Okay, it's only a foot off the ground but toddlers will still be entertained with this little rope bridge. And for the wee ones, there's an activity gym with bright, colourful, and musical toys to play with.
As well as a cycle path that winds it's way through the park, there's a large spinning disc, climbing structure, basket swing, and spinning chair scattered throughout the playground. The only thing missing is a water park but that might be planned for the future – fingers crossed.
I'm not sure when this park officially opened (if it has) but news is spreading fast. The weekend we went, there were plenty of parties and picnics taking place. There are several picnic shelters with barbecues, including a great, big shelter for larger groups. If you don't snag a shelter, there's heaps of shade to be found. Parking is plentiful too with two parking areas: one off Formby Street and the other off Ormskirk Street.
If you live on the southside, this park is a must do. It you live on the northside, it is definitely worth the trip.
I live in Algester and this is a great park but sadly is becoming a place my children no longer want to go to. Too overcrowded on weekends and with people not cleaning up after they have used the bbqs its a real turn-off. With parents not controlling their children we have already seen many accidents and on our last visit an ambulance had to be called. Very sad as it truely was a great park!