I've been writing about playgrounds and reserves in Adelaide for a while now, always with the help of my pre-teen children. In that time we have seen playgrounds ranging from the very basic (or "boring", according to my son), to the very wonderful.
We have now found a playground that both my children rate as "one of the best three in Adelaide."
Located not far from the Golden Grove Shopping Centre, next to the Golden Grove Police Station, Goldenfields Reserve has undergone a mammoth update in recent times and now offers everything you could want for a family area.
To start with, the playground equipment is extensive. For the very young, there is a long set-up with basic ramps and low level platforms.
Further, there is an enclosed ball court area offering facilities for a number of different sports in the one space, as well as seating outside for parents or waiting players. It is very colourful and well-designed, with a fantastic visual appeal.
There are three barbecue areas, five undercover tables with bench seats, other tables with bench seating, plenty of other seating options and a lot of rubbish bins. There is also a very close amenities block and plenty of car parking available. All of this makes the area perfect for picnics, family gatherings, parties (much like the large birthday party we saw on our last visit there).
It is all set in pleasant natural surrounds with plenty of walking / running paths, and a lot of native plants as well as a rocky stream.
If there are any complaints, it would only be the lack of a convenient nearby shop and the fact that, despite signs to the contrary, too many people seem to feel that dogs do not need to be on a leash.
But those are relatively minor. All in all, according to my children - the harshest critics - Goldenfields is one of the best.
A plea from a local skateboarder to all using the playgrounds: please try not to park in the small carpark next to the police station, on the golden way. On weekends, this carpark gets swarmed with cars and there's no room for anyone who wants to skate at the skate park.
There is actually a large carpark you can enter via Atlantis drive, which is just as close to the playground.