New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published October 5th 2015
Enjoy the red tower of fun
John Knight Memorial Park is situated on Lake Ginninderra, less than 15 minutes north of the city. Lake Ginninderra is an artificial lake on the edge of Belconnen Town Centre and is surprisingly peaceful considering its location.
There are two playgrounds at John Knight Memorial Park. The largest and most impressive is the red tower set amongst the trees. Suited mainly for older kids, there is a twisty red slide down one side and an impressive metal side down the front.
Although the metal slide looks daunting it isn't fast when the kids slide down. Our daughter was a little nervous so I joined her for a tandem slide which was squeezy in the tunnel however it wasn't a fast ride.
There are a few ways to get up to the top including a series of ladders or rope ladders to climb. If your kids are strong there is a high rock wall to manoeuvre, however this is more suited to older kids.
Once the kids are at the top they can continue up for a higher view of the area and find a surprise or two entwined up the top. Our daughter is aged four, so she was happy enough to go up there on her own, however younger children will need Mum or Dad to help them with the ladders, with rungs far apart.
For toddlers there is a small area to play in underneath the tower and a modern seesaw and spinning top to sit in. There is also a rock wall in the shape of a snake where you can hold their hand as they walk along the snakes back.
A short distance away is the flying fox to jump on and enjoy. It has a raised platform at one end to help the kids get up and is extremely popular in school holidays. Once again, I joined our daughter in testing out the speed of the flying fox in tandem and it was the perfect speed for her age group and mine.
A little further away is a smaller playground with slide and adult exercise equipment. Although this is a fun park in itself it is surrounded by ponds so it may not be a suitable area for younger children - especially if they like to run. We enjoyed the waterfalls around the playground and the sound of frogs croaking in unison in the pond behind the falls.
It would be easy to spend the day at this beautiful park by Belconnen's picturesque lake. There are free BBQ's, picnic tables, shady areas and bike paths to explore - perfect for birthdays or family celebrations.
We took some bread for the ducks and we were lucky enough to also spot a majestic pelican, two swans and their fluffy babies on the shoreline.