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Published July 27th 2017
Scale the rock climbing wall at the ARC playground
Perth playgrounds seem to be getting increasingly awesome compared to when I was a kid. There are flying foxes, six-metre high slides, robot head cubbies, talking rocks and even a steaming volcano to be found around the suburbs.
Within the grounds of the newly opened Cockburn's Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ARC) is a pretty awesome little playground, complete with a rock-climbing wall for the kids. Yup. It's not the highest climbing wall around, but it definitely makes this playground stand out from the rest.
I hadn't actually noticed the wall when we first visited, until I heard a bell ring and turned to see a young boy scaling back down the wall. It's certainly a drawcard for anyone who's been watching Ninja Warrior lately. I totally would've had a go except I was carrying a newborn and chasing a toddler around.
There are two identical slides, meaning the kids can have a race down. My toddler wanted me slide down with her after seeing a father and son have a go together. No way – not holding her sister. Cue the tantrum.
Under the slides is a tunnel for the kids to run back and forth through, plus a large, roped structure at the back.
The playground has another climbing structure made up largely of ropes, but I loved the fact there is a mini structure for the smaller kids too, so they don't feel left out. There is a tripod swing, an unstable bridge and log steps.
The park is relatively small, and has three undercover picnic tables, along with barbeques.
You will find plenty of roadside parking outside the playground, plus parking in the ARC carpark and over at Cockburn Central. For those fuelled by coffee (like myself) there is a café at the ARC or several coffee options in Cockburn Central, including Dome Café and Mooba.