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Published October 11th 2015
A Place to Relax While the Kids Go Wild
The Casey Council claims the three hectare play space and village green set amidst the sports fields and tracks on the impressive 76 hectare Casey Filed sports and outdoor facility, is the most significant play space development ever undertaken in Victoria. The proof of the pudding as they say is in the eating and indeed the area is worthy of praise.
The long slide and rope bridges at the Casey Fields Play Space.
There is no shortage of bench seats and open air picnic tables for Mum and Dad. A BBQ area with covered picnic tables and seats, and nearby public toilets make this a good venue for a cheap family day out. There is a second BBQ area by the adjoining lakes.
At the high point of the park and dominating the view is a bright blue slide winding down a hillside. The slide is accessed from a wooden platform at the rear, is enclosed for the first little bit, and has high sides the rest of the way down. It is surrounded by a stepped climbing hill made from a soft spongy rubber which opens onto a sand pit. Trees are planted up the sides of the hill and will provide good shade cover in years to come.
The long slide curls down a soft rubber climbing hill.
At the top of the hill behind the slide is a birds nest swing set over sand. A joy for the big and small kids alike. Mum and Dad can take in the great views across Casey Fields, the lakes and beyond while their children squeal with delight on the swing.
The birds nest swing atop the play space provides sweeping views of the area.
In front of the slide at the bottom of the hill, a rope bridge leads to a six metre high climbing net where your budding acrobats and Tiny Tarzans can hone their skills. Rubber slings set in the climbing net give them a place to rest on their adventures and suspended poles with stoppered ends are reminiscent of the firemen's poles of the old movies.
For the smaller children a pirate ship play gym beckons. Surrounded by a sand pit and protected from the sun by shade sails this ship shaped structure named Calypso flies not a pirate flags but a happy children flags. It offers low level climbing and a short slide. Children can sit on seats within or climb through a ground level porthole. Nearby is a heavy spring, low seesaw with hand holds and footrests.
A second play gym offers toddlers some extra interest. This fort like structure has a slightly larger slide than Calypso, a rope bridge, a crawl through tunnel, a mini rock climbing wall and a colourful display of spinning wheels. Also set in a sand pit under shade sails, this area is separated from Calyspo by a wooden path.
Next to this a third play gym offers more climbing equipment and another slide. Children can climb in and make their way across multi-level platforms to a slide on the other side. Nearby is a small spring tractor for the tiny tots. In yet another sand pit is a bank of traditional children's swings where Mums and Dads push excited children to cries of, "Higher, higher."
Wheelchair bound children have not been forgotten. Not far from the children's play gyms is a fenced off liberty swing. The tracks and paths around the play space, the village green and the lakes are flat and are wheelchair accessible.
Expansive lawns near the play space provide ample room for games and for children to run freely but no visit would be complete without checking out the ducks on the lake. A path leads from the playgrounds through a stand of trees to a jetty landing which overhangs the lake. Here your children can safely watch ducks and water fowl at play.
The path to the lake, the jetty and some of the many ducks that are resident there.
Casey Fields is at 160 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East. Once you have entered the complex follow the road until you arrive at the Play Space and Village Green car park. It is well signed. Further information can be obtained by phoning the City of Casey on (03) 9705 5200 or from their website. A map of the site layout at Casey Fields is available here. There are public toilets at the Play Space and there is parking at the Play Space and elsewhere within the complex.