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CC Hood Reserve, Dog Park & Playground

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Published June 16th 2013
Somewhere for the whole family
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The Entrance to CC Hood Reserve


The CC Hood Reserve is located in Panorama, south of Adelaide and includes a playground, dedicated dog park, picnic and BBQ facilities, and fitness equipment. There is also a large neighbouring oval.

I had previously written about the dog park but as the area has been progressively upgraded it deserves another look.

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The Double Gates Lead to CC Hood Reserve Dog Park


Dog Park
There are still not many dedicated dog parks in Adelaide and the CC Hood Reserve is the only one in the Mitcham Council area. The only other dog park south of Adelaide is Minkarra Park at Flagstaff Hill. While there is a dog exercise area on Oaklands Road at Glengowrie which is very popular, it doesn't have play equipment for dogs and the oval is used for other purposes too.

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Dogs Playing in the Park


When I used the CC Hood dog park previously it was often muddy in winter or a dust bowl in summer, but the Mitcham Council have responded to criticism by laying lawn and bark chips throughout the park. This has transformed the park into a visually appealing place, as well as making it usable in all weather.

Well done Mitcham Council!

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Greeting New Arrivals


There were already half a dozen people there when I arrived, with their dogs actively socialising and playing. Other owners said hello immediately and while we chatted, dogs flew by in all directions around the park. The only problem is that many dogs (including my own) are somewhat dangerous drivers, and you need to look out for dogs heading straight towards you. It's specially important if you have brought kids with you!

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Dogs Play Hide and Seek in the Tunnels


The tunnels were the most popular activity for the dogs although there are also jumps if you want to give your pet agility training. Seating is scattered around the park, with a couple of shelters to protect you from the weather. Water fountains and poo bags are provided too.

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People and Dogs Socialising


Both my dog and I enjoyed our visit to the park. It is far better now with the grass and bark chips, and we will definitely use it again.

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Play Equipment Includes Two Slippery Dips


Playground
The playground in the adjoining reserve is fairly modestly equipped with play equipment. While it has a reasonably large combination climbing frame assembly with two slippery dips, the only other play equipment is a see saw and a large double swing. Bark chips have been laid to minimise the chance of any hurt from falls.

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A Large Double Swing


As a playground for children it has got everything they need, but other places like the playground in Bailey Reserve do have more play equipment.

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Multi-function Play Equipment


There's also a picnic table and bench seat, but no shelter other than offered by the trees. No toilets are available here.

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Babequeue and Picnic Area


Reserve
On the southern side of the dog park is a paved area with free barbeque, picnic tables and bins. A large oval is perfect for older children to kick a soccer ball around, and some exercise equipment has been provided for anyone with fitness in mind.

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Fitness & Exercise Equipment


All up, CC Hood Reserve has just about everything you need for a pleasant family afternoon out. The only downside is that the nearest public toilets are at the BP Service Station on Goodwood Road Pasadena some distance away. But if you can work around that, it's a lovely spot for a picnic in a pleasant bushland setting, and saves a trip up the hill to the adventure plaground in Belair National Park.

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The Chase is On


Update: The CC Hood Dog Park now has its own Facebook page.

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Why? Let the whole family play
When: Anytime
Where: Eliza St, Panorama, SA
Cost: Free
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