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Published April 10th 2012
Melbourne has some wonderful playgrounds which offer the security of fencing with child proof gates. This can provide peace of mind to parents of kids who have a tendency to run off.
Our favourite fenced playgrounds are:
Wombat Bend Playspace, Duncan Street, Templestowe Lower
A beautifully crafted playground set in a nicely landscaped area which has a variety of play equipment for different sizes and abilities. Highlights include a wooden maze with mirrors and buttons to press, musical bridge, sandpit (with water flowing in at one end), family sized see-saw, cube with rope climbing frame on the side and top, two flying foxes, double slides down a small embankment, hidden cubby, forest walk with bird call recordings and a fantastic bat wing carousel with hanging seats which parents industriously push around.
The playground has a native garden with lots of paths. There is a BBQ, water tap and a few sheltered tables inside the fenced area and toilets and plenty of spots for a picnic along the Yarra River. There is a pedestrian suspension bridge going over the river nearby.
Other highlights include giant basket swing, Tinkerbelle sand pit, the Mount Chelsea Express train, huge insect springers, rope climbing frame, rowing boat on a rocker and lots of play equipment. There are shelters with tables, BBQs, toilets and water tap. For parents there are some wonderful curved seats to relax on.
Bundoora Park Play Space, River Red Gum Avenue, Bundoora
This Play Space has a lot of fun elements. Highlights include a wooden wall maze where you'll find surprising things like a horse, large sandpit with mechanical digger, huge bull-ants, large stand-on carousel, big red tractor with trailer, water tank with a ladder and slide, hammock, large flat rope climbing frame and mound with dual slides.
The area is nicely landscaped and includes a water course area with bridges and a water pump. There are shelters with tables and seats and water taps. There is access to a café next to the playground area.
Hays Paddock, Longstaff St, Kew East
This playground is a lovely environment which kids can explore. Highlights include lots of slides and swings, large butterflies flying above the playground, large see-saw, a ring of toadstools to jump across, spider's web trampoline, big shaded sandpit and large hammocks (which Mum and Dad might be able to commandeer if they are quick enough).
There is a bird hide located within the playground which overlooks a wetlands area. Outside is a learner's bike circuit. Toilets and tables are also available outside the fenced area.
Markham Reserve, Markham Avenue, Ashburton
This playground has a central spine comprising a long ramp with various routes up and down including ladders, slides and climbing walls. Other highlights include an area with nine horizontal and vertical climbing nets, family sized see-saw, lotus leaf with hand wheel to rotate it, birds nest swing, covered sandpit with mechanical digger, large carved wooden kookaburras and hillock with holds to get up and small slides to get down.
Tim Neville Arboretum, Dorset Road, Ferntree Gully
An Adventure playground with lots of interesting elements to keep the kids occupied. Highlights include two long flying foxes, Nessie the monster writhing in and out of the ground, fun carousel with places for sitting and standing, birds nest swing, hammock, large rope pyramid climbing frame, square area of suspended disks which you can step across and big sandpit area. There is a trail of alphabet signs with sign language weaving through the playground.