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Published January 4th 2013
Goldenfields is a newly developed playground and recreation area situated in Golden Grove. It's the perfect option to host your summer barbeque or picnic, as the Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre is less than a 10-minute walk or a couple minutes drive away if you happen to forget the tomato sauce.
Goldenfields boasts a number of canvas-shaded playgrounds suitable for all ages. For the younger kids, there's a miniature playground with short slides and low platforms. Older children will enjoy climbing and swinging on rubber pyramids and octagonal sculptures. The centerpiece of the park is a large castle-themed playground.
Small playground suitable for toddlers at Goldenfields
The kids can also bring their bikes, scooters or skateboards for some fun at the nearby skate park. The Fields skate park pre-dates the rest of the development by a good few years but is still in good condition, barring the graffiti, which is not explicit. Also available for free use is the 'rage cage', with basketball hoops and soccer goals, and a tennis court.
There are two main parking areas on either side of the playground: one you can enter from the Golden Way, which has best access to the skate park, and another you can enter from Atlantis Drive by heading into the adjacent netball complex and taking a left onto the gravel. The Atlantis Drive entrance has better access to the picnic area and play equipment. If possible, however, try to avoid this entrance on Saturday afternoons, which is when the junior netballers play during the winter season (late April to September).
If there's one thing that Goldenfields lacks, it's toilets. The sole toilets are pay-per-use and they are located on the far side of the playground near the skate park and main road. Luckily, due to the proximity of the shopping centre, a quick toilet run won't disrupt the day too much.
There's a large grassy reserve, which offers serene views of Greenwith and the Adelaide Hills. It has plenty of space to kick a ball about or lay down your picnic blanket, but not much in the way of shade.
A nice grassy area with hill views, but lacking in the shade department
If the gardens and pathways at Goldenfields look a bit barren at the moment, it's because the park is still in the process of being developed. In time, this multifaceted reserve will become a recreational hub in the Golden Grove and Modbury area, if it hasn't already.