Situated on the corner of Mackinnon Parade in North Adelaide, the Soldiers Garden is a small corner of the world, filled with trees, dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in World War One, almost a century ago.
As can be seen, the war memorial is a simple but striking affair.
Beside the actual memorial is a a playground, set inside a decent fenced-off area. Again, lots of trees to offer shade, benches to rest on, and even a drink fountain. The area also seems to be home to a wide variety of bird life, and, especially early in the morning, the sounds of the animals from the nearby Adelaide Zoo add a unique soundtrack.
The actual equipment seems geared towards a younger to middle aged child. There are the mandatory swings (4, a decent number), climbing frame and slippery dip. For the more adventurous, there are the monkey handles and a flying fox. While it may not seem like much, it is more than enough to keep my two over-active children happy.
There are tables with benches also in the area, and the eastern end of the enclosed area is often used for ball games. The nearest toilets are found in the university sports grounds, near the grandstand, a short three to five minute walk away from the park (depending on what is happening on the oval at the time).
With the sports grounds in use a lot of the time, especially on weekends (runners, fitness groups and team sports, depending on the time of the day and time of the year), the enclosed playground is a perfect place for children to play without interrupting the sports going on all around them, and yet allowing children to be exposed to adults doing physical activity, role modelling positive behaviours.