New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published March 13th 2016
Super shady for sunny days
This playground is located on Glow Worm Grove in Harrison, a suburb of Gungahlin and 12kms north of Canberra's CBD. The name of the street, Glow Worm Grove, sounds like the area has intriguing caves to explore, however every street name in Harrison is named after a natural wonder - so unfortunately, no glow worms will be seen here!
Glow Worm Grove Playground is a park that is tucked away for local families, with new and modern homes built around it. The attraction for our family, as we drove by, was the extra large shade structure that went over the top of the whole play area – perfect for a hot Summer's day.
Large shade structure at Glow Worm Grove Playground
The large shade structure creates a cool area underneath for playing at this surprisingly large park. There is a large climbing frame and bumpy slide, which we have seen before at other new playgrounds. Although an attractive and fun frame to attempt to climb, it can be tricky for children to get up the rope ladder or pull themselves up the ramp and climb across. Our daughter is aged four and can only just do this herself, so it is more suited to older children to get up by themselves.
There is also a bouncy see saw, a spinning bowl to sit in, a sailing boat to ride on and a balancing plank that tips and turns. The toddler swing is set up extra high, which makes for a fun high swing for all ages – if they can fit in!
Around the playground is a large reserve, perfect for a game of soccer or cricket with family and friends. With children's bikes left at the playground by local kids, it is obviously an ideal place to meet up with friends and ride bikes on weekends.
Glow Worm Grove Playground in Harrison was a good find on a hot day with such a large expanse of shade to play under. For local children it would be a haven in all weather, and a handy place to visit for families who live nearby. With so many new areas in Gungahlin, this is a hidden treasure in the suburbs – where else have you discovered?