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 perthmumsgroup.com.au
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.
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.
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 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.