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Published January 5th 2022
Slide, skate, swing, swim
Fred Smith Reserve playground is located at 2 Marine Parade, Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula on the Westernport Bay side of the peninsula. Fred Smith Reserve has an inclusive adventure playground with a wheelchair-accessible swing. You will need to plan ahead to use the wheelchair-accessible swing as the key to the swing is held at the Hastings Library, 7 High Street, Hastings. There are barbeques, tables and seats, toilets and of course, the playground. Four wooden pelicans welcome you to the playground. Bordering the playground is a skate park and Pelican Park Recreation Centre that houses a 25m pool and gym. There is a large open space to play and run around. Plenty of parking is also available. It is a great place for multi-generational families to recreate in.
The adventure playground has swings, slides, tunnels and large noughts and crosses as well as an Australian version of the game with kangaroos and wombats. A giant rubber crab on the ground would be great for toddlers to explore. Let the imagination run wild on the yellow boat. There is a 'Let's play and chat' sign that has been designed for children and adults who have communication support needs. A great idea that allows children on the playground and others in Fred Smith Reserve to communicate with each other and also learn Auslan (sign language) letters.
Hastings Pier is a short flat walk from the playground. There are many paths to wander along and enjoy the bay view, as well as vegetation that makes Fred Smith Reserve a great place to spend some time or have a picnic.
Fred Smith Reserve is named after local man, Fred Smith, who was born in 1903. Fred Smith was a great player in the local football and cricket teams. He worked for Frankston and Hastings Shire Councils. Fred Smith was also in charge of topping up the original Hastings pool with water to ensure there was enough water for people to swim. He lived a long life and passed away in 1978. As a valued contributor to community life and sporting groups, it is fitting that Fred Smith Reserve is named after him.
Fred Smith Reserve is at 2 Marine Parade, Hastings and for more information please visit website or phone the Mornington Peninsula Shire (03) 5950 1000 or 1300 850 600. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hastings Library is at 7 High Street, Hastings. Telephone (03) 5950 1710 or email email@example.com.