Crace Recreational Park is located 12km's north of the city in Gungahlin. The suburb of Crace is one of the newer suburbs of Canberra with colourful apartment blocks and houses in modern styles. As you drive into Crace, on the right is a large recreational area - an impressive sight with outdoor facilities for all ages.
The Park was opened in 2012 at a cost of $3.6 million, so all the equipment is state of the art and in great condition. For the kids there is a good sized, colourful playground to enjoy with shaded seating areas and new toilet facilities nearby.There is an activity table and a spinning toy to spin on, however the highlight is a "boat" that the kids can climb with a lookout and pretend binoculars. There are two slides, rope ladders to climb and a little area underneath for pretend play.
Adjacent to the park is a climbing frame. I have seen these at other parks and have never been sure if it is for children's climbing or adult exercise, however the kids enjoy trying it out. Behind it is a large rope climbing frame as well as two sets of swings.
Behind the playground is a large, shaded BBQ area between the playground and the pond. It would be an ideal place for get-togethers and kids parties with both areas within view. Make sure you take some bread with you as the local ducks will come up from the pond in search of a tasty snack.
There is also a multi-use, full sized sports court for soccer, netball and basketball, a half court with a tennis hitting wall as well as a cricket net. There is also a skateboarding area with ramps and metal edges on the concrete blocks so skateboarders can slide along them.
Crace Recreation Park is an enjoyable place to take the family or to enjoy a sports game with a group of mates. With a playground for the young kids and climbing frames, skateboarding and sports fields for the older kids, there is something for all ages at this park. Why not take a soccer ball and have a kick around on the reserve in between the two areas before a sausage sizzle on the free BBQ facilities. In the heat of Summer it can get quite hot on the sports fields and unshaded playground, so perhaps a BBQ breakfast would be a cooler option in Summer...
...and don't forget the bread for the hungry ducks!