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Dovedale Park Harrisdale

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by BecSorby (subscribe)
I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group
Published July 25th 2018
A small suburban park with a fantastic flying fox
I can't tell you how many suburban parks I stalked before finally finding Dovedale Park in Harrisdale. "There's a park mummy!" My three year old would yell as we drove around the streets, each one a false alarm as I looked for the flying fox.

I almost gave up but was glad I didn't as the flying fox was a definite highlight of this small suburban park.

Dovedale Park is literally wedged between two streets Gleeson Way and Hamelin Loop in Harrisdale, with the front of the park located on Dovedale Street and parking along Gracefield Boulevard. There is limited street parking, as is usually the case with suburban parks, as many are designed to be used by local families within walking distance, but that never stops us from visiting.

The playground has a climbing frame, birds nest swing, timber play equipment and of course, the flying fox.

Although she is only three, my little girl LOVES the flying fox. Lots of modern playgrounds are now including accessible seats on the flying fox, and on this type of seat, I can let her have a go by herself, but not so on this one, which has the traditional circular seat. She can still have a go, but I just have to hold onto her. I'm old and slow but she gets a kick out of it regardless.

So back and forth we went. The starting platform is actually quite high and not really designed for old and slow adults or toddlers so neither of us went up there and instead I popped her on the flying fox from the bottom and we whizzed along and back.

The climbing frame is interesting. It consists of rope ladders and timber platforms linked with rope bridges, plus other ladders and poles for the kids to climb or slide down.

The park has a focus on natural materials for the play equipment, including log bridges to navigate, log beams and a narrow timber and rope bridge for balancing. The park surface is covered in mulch, so it's not exactly a soft surface to land on.

There is also a lovely little bush area and undercover picnic tables, plus public barbeques, making it a great little spot for a family get-together on a warm evening.

Even if you don't live within the surrounding streets, Dovedale Park is worth a look. The kids will love the natural elements, the quirky play structure and the flying fox.
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Why? A gorgeous little suburban park with all the fun of a flying fox!
When: Anytime you like
Where: 125 Gracefield Boulevard Harrisdale
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Beautiful park. If I had any little ones, I would try it with them. I also enjoy reading your article, funny and well balanced :)
by chrig Dichein (score: 0|9) 824 days ago
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