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Howard Dawson Reserve

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by Helen Thorogood (subscribe)
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Published December 30th 2017
Let your kids run circles around you
Howard Dawson Reserve is tucked away just off Burke Road and beside the Monash Freeway in Glen Iris.

This unassuming pocket of the world is home to a lovely children's playground well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.

Howard Dawson Reserve, playground, red slide, castle, shaded, glen iris
Slides never go out of style!

There is a large high structure where a series of bridges connects various towers or castles if you will. Each tower has a separate piece of equipment, either a slide, a telescope, climbing wall with chain assistance and so on. As a bonus, adults can easily access the structure and follow their smaller children around. In fact even older children seem to enjoy running around in a circle on the high structure - hey, it's great for keeping your eye on them!

Howard Dawson Reserve, playground, high structure, castle, shaded, glen iris
Kids love running around the high structure.

In addition to the main play structure, there is other equipment including swings, a springer, carousel and a more serious climbing wall.

Howard Dawson Reserve, playground, swing set, castle, shaded, glen iris
There is something for everyone at this playground.

Older children will also appreciate the small concrete area with basketball hoop or a kick of the footy on the adjacent oval.

Much of the playground is shaded by large shade sails although there are also some trees around the edges.

There are toilet facilities and barbecue and picnic facilities. Parking is free with access via Bickleigh street, off Burke Road.
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Where: Howard Dawson Reserve, Glen Iris
Cost: Free
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