A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published August 18th 2019
Calling all kids who like to climb
There's a new playground in town and it's a corker! The McKinnon Reserve playground has just reopened after a major upgrade and I visited over the weekend with three highly acclaimed critics in tow; aged 10, 6 and 4 years. We were blessed with sunny skies so the playground was busy with lots of locals checking out the new equipment.
The new playground is thoughtfully laid out with pathways snaking through pockets of play equipment, surrounded by plants and trees. There are toilets right by the playground as well as a water fountain and a couple of barbeques, with one main undercover seating area right by the barbeques. This would be a good choice for a birthday party considering the amenities and the fact that the playground is big enough to keep a range of kids entertained, but small enough that parents won't lose sight of their offspring too easily.
The main play structure is a huge tower with various climbing and sliding options. It is linked by a bridge to a smaller structure which has been built around a beautiful tree; a good example of natural and manmade features working in tandem. The tallest slide in this section is pretty high so your primary school-aged children are not forgotten. The other main area of the playground features a ninja-warrior style climbing structure which my 4 year old loved and spent ages on. He enjoyed getting from one end to the other without touching the ground, by way of balance beams, nets and bars.
In addition to these key pieces, there is a four-way seesaw, a spinning witch's hat (a cone-shaped structure made of rope), a cute little wooden cubby and a double flying fox. There are also lots of large flat rocks scattered around the park which make for some good climbing and balancing. The swings are arranged in a circular fashion so everyone can swing into the centre together if they manage to time it correctly, and kick one another's shins (well that's what my boys did…)
The playground is located at one end of the McKinnon Reserve. The reserve also has a football oval and lots of green space for exercising or walking four-legged friends. The play space is going to have more additions towards the end of the year including a modified basketball court and a bouldering wall, so there is lots more to look forward to. Wait for a sunny day and check it out for yourself.