Mary Crescent Reserve is a park located in the suburb of Eden Hill. It is a large reserve that has ample parking, a bike path, a pond, grassed areas, trees and shade and plenty of wide, open spaces. One eyesore that has always stood out in the park has been an aging set of playground equipment that was rarely, if ever, used by any of the local neighbourhood kids. On 2 October 2018 news broke that the local council was going to provide funds to upgrade the playground at Mary Crescent Reserve and to install a new nature-based playground.
On 16 February 2019 the new playground was opened to the public. As part of the grand opening, the council threw a teddy bears picnic. Public interest in the new playground was high. A large number of families turned up including myself. A free BBQ was held and there were pony rides and face painting and arts and crafts. The public seemed to really like the new park. It's been a few weeks since the grand opening and it's become a common sight now to see families and kids enjoying the new playground. The council has done a really good job at achieving its goal of reviving public interest in Mary Crescent Reserve and its playground.
So is the playground any good? Yes! It's a little bit on the small side but it still has plenty to offer to keep kids occupied. There is a BBQ and a drinking fountain and a picnic table underneath a wooden gazebo. I really liked the drinking fountain because it has FOUR taps. There is one tap for re-filling drink bottles, two taps to drink from and one tap that fills a bowl to give dogs a drink. I've never been so amused and impressed by a drinking fountain before. There is a basketball court and a large grassy area near the BBQ and picnic table.
A brand new sandpit has been installed. The sandpit contains a little green island that kids can climb on and a smaller, enclosed sandpit that is raised off the ground and would be a good space for babies and younger children to play in. The sandpit connects to a wooden deck and a series of wooden poles that have thick ropes strung between them.
Another fun activity is the basket swing. The basket swing is a swing that can swing backward and forward and round and round. I've seen groups of kids climb onto it and try to spin it as fast as they can. It's a lot of fun and gets a lot of laughs.
The best part of the new playground is the double flying fox. The flying fox has been built on top of a hill. There is mulch and rubber mats on the ground beneath it. How it works is you climb the hill and grab the rubber pole and then wrap your arms and legs around it and push off the side of the hill.
The best part of the new playground is the double flying fox
It goes VERY fast and doesn't have ANY seatbelts so I would not recommend it for young children. When it gets to the end it jolts and goes back up the hill a bit before finally coming to a stop. If you don't hold on tight enough you will fall off. It's a lot of fun and it has been a huge hit. The few times I've been back to the park after the new playground opened I've seen lines of kids waiting to take a turn on the flying fox.
Make sure you hold on tight when you take a ride on the flying fox!
If you would like to visit Mary Crescent Reserve there is over 30 free parking bays available at Alf Faulkner Hall which is located at the corner of Mary Crescent and Ivanhoe Street. The hall also has toilets which are open to the public from 8am and are wheelchair accessible. For more information about Mary Crescent Reserve please visit the Town of Bassedean's website or contact them on (08) 9377 8000