Crace Recreation Park is one of those triumphs of modern suburban planning which manages to cram in so much for the leisure seeking suburbanite it's hard to believe. Spread over 4.5 acres, this park is interesting enough that it justifies a visit even if you're not a Crace local.
To begin with, there's a playground broken into different areas to suit both younger and older kids. There are the usual slides and swings (basket, toddler and full-sized) as well as a net climbing frame, a climbing course, drums and a xylophone and a mini climbing wall and ropes. A shade sail covers much of the park keeping it cool and sun safe.
One of the most popular areas of the Crace Recreation Park are the multi-use sports facilities. The area includes basketball, netball and soccer courts, a tennis half court, a cricket net and an outdoor gym. The courts are lit so they can be used day and night, although the lack of shade makes them baking hot during the middle of the day almost year-round.
For the nature lovers, the park includes a wetland system and stormwater harvesting pond ringed by walking paths. There has been extensive planting of native trees and shrubs in this area to attract a variety of wildlife and the wetlands are home to lizards, birds, frogs, ducks, water hens and even the odd snake and pelican. The wetlands also help to irrigate the 8000 square metre grassed area which is perfect for running, kicking and frisbee.
The park has bubblers, BBQs, a toilet block and covered seating areas and plenty of flat grassed areas for picnicking. If you didn't plan ahead, there are also shops including a coffee shop, takeaway shop and supermarket a few blocks from the park if you need to stock up on supplies.
The park is well maintained and big enough to spend some serious time at, and especially good if you have a group of different ages to entertain. You can find the Crace Recreation Park on the corner of Abena Avenue and Narden Street in Crace.
Outdoor multi-sport courts at the Crace Recreation Park