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This playground ticks all my boxes as a parent of two children under the age of six. Fully fenced, soft rubbery flooring, colourful and varied equipment, lots of plants and low shrubs that little toddlers can play in around the playground, play equipment suitable to a wide range of ages, including a miniature slide for the toddlers and a few little wobbly sit-on things for them to bounce on, as well as the all-important toddler swings - in fact, two toddler swings and two full-size swings for the bigger kids. While it's not far from the busy Burns Bay Road, it's far enough down Cullen St that you can't hear the traffic noise and it's a blissfully peaceful playground set in a residential area.
It's also only a minute's stroll away from the kid-friendly Fink Chocolate cafe that also does excellent coffee, a pet shop which you can take the kids into to pat or look at kittens and puppies, and also Figtree greengrocer, an excellent fruit and veggie store if you need to pick up any greens on your way home, and Hummerston Gourmet Meats - a superb family butcher who does interesting and delicious marinaded meats and give great instructions for those cooks who aren't sure what to do with the pieces of meat they sell. Isn't it wonderful when you can knock off some chores at the same time as making your kids happy by taking them to a local playground, and also being able to treat yourself to a well-made coffee?
Toddler sized slide perfect for the more reticent toddler
Also, a large shade cloth covers most of the area, and big trees cover the rest of it, so the little ones are protected from the sun on very hot days. The day we came was actually very warm, but the playground felt cool because it had such a lot of shade and seemed to get a wind tunnel effect from the buildings surrounding it.
While there are no toilets in the immediate vicinity of the playground, there are some a few minutes walk away behind the Figtree shops.
We came here because my children wanted to try a "new" playground, and I'm so glad I stumbled across this one. I actually shop at Figtree on a fairly regular basis, but I'd never realised how close by this playground was until I looked on a map. We will be incorporating this into our permanent playground visiting schedule shortly.