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Published October 14th 2011
The main play structure.
Get ready to rocket away. The spaceship looking equipment structure (pictured above) is one of several playgrounds located in the Coburg Lake Reserve. You'll find it in the low section of the grounds, just off Gaffney Street.
As part of a 2011 upgrade to the facilities, the local children have been given an entirely new set of climbing gyms complete with fun gadgets like a disc spinner, giant swinging nest, sound horns, and a nifty basket and chain mechanism with which they can ferry handfuls of tan bark up to the top. There's also a cubby house area where kids can play shops. It has a money box with a face and strange metal latched tongue.
The main section of the play equipment is a tall tower. Constructed with an odd mixture of materials it blends timber with metals in a fascinating way. The tower has both a ladder and step entry, rope nets and operations panel and it extends skywards just like the palm trees nearby.
To exit the ship, young ones can choose from either one of two tunnel slides. They can try the quick thrill on the short slide or brave the heights of the larger, spiralling one. A second play structure has, among its features, twin short slides, a low bridge and multiple, tiered platforms within its frame. There are rings and monkey bars as well but for many the highlight will be the turning barrel, on which they can place their feet, hold the support rail and walk while not getting anywhere - cartoon style.
sit and spin
If you've visited many playgrounds over recent years, you will have noticed the short walls with rock-climbing grips that most of them have. At Coburg Lake Reserve Playground the grips have been made into the shape of fruit, so as they put their hands around bananas, grapes, and apples, kids can name the healthy eating options as they go.
A picnic table area in the playground provides a space for supervising parents. he edges of which are defined by a border of bricks laid into the ground; each of them with inscription about the person or family that contributed to the park. Ducks, geese and other birds wandering about in the lakeside location and there are views containing pretty willow and poplar trees.
While in the reserve you can also visit the brightly coloured, wood-carved Outdoor Lounge or, for serious exercise, the work-out equipment at the Outdoor Gym.