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by David Michael (subscribe)
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Published January 22nd 2015
Stress-free playground fun
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Middle Park, Boronia Heights

Really decent parks are hard to find in my neck of the woods.

The combination of my small yard and my children being born with wanderlust compounds this problem.

The kids love any opportunity to get out of the house and experience a little liberty, with or without the permission or knowledge of their parents. A good park often helps my wife and I mitigate the libertarian streak that our children have inherited and temporarily reduce their energy levels to a more manageable state.

Fortunately, we recently discovered an excellent local park that ticks all our boxes.

Middle Park is located on Jardine Court, off Middle Rd in Boronia Heights and is open to the public between 5:00am and 8:00pm every day. The park is green and leafy, has plenty of shade and is packed with features that will cater to a large variety of persons and interests.

On your right as you first enter Jardine Court, you'll see the park's well maintained enclosed off-leash dog area.

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Enclosed, off-leash dog areas

The off-leash area features separate enclosed areas specifically for large and small dogs. There is also dog agility equipment in the large dog section. Not being a dog owner, I cannot comment further other than to say that whenever I visit, there are always a large number of locals and their dogs taking advantage of the facilities.

On your left, you'll see the park's other main features public gym equipment, a BBQ and covered eating area and my favourite, the children's playground.

The gym equipment is basic, offering 2 exercise bikes and 2 cross trainers. While it isn't likely to appeal to the hardcore exercise and fitness crowds, it does provide the locals with a free opportunity to engage in real exercise and I usually spy people using it when I visit. Free community exercise opportunities like this cannot be a bad thing and should be encouraged.

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Public exercise equipment

Now onto the (my) main attraction. The playground.

The first playground feature you notice that instantly sets it apart from many of the other local parks, is that it is completely enclosed. I mean properly secure with a lockable gated entrance. Secure to the point where you can sit down on one of the benches, bust out your thermos, and not be on the edge of your seat wondering which of your kids will be the first to do a runner.

Not only do the kids get a sense of freedom and have a great time, my wife and/or I can actually relax while they're at it.

The playground area has a large sand base and is covered by shade-cloth. The playground equipment includes 2 slides (one larger, one smaller), a set of swings, a see-saw, mechanical diggers, and more. The kids are always happy to rotate through all the equipment until they run out of energy.

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The secure, enclosed playground area

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The 'big kid' slides

If you live in the area, give this park a try. Such a secure and stress free playground is a rare find these days. Not only will your children love it, you will too.

Except for the sand all through your kids shoes. And clothes. And nappies.

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Why? Secure and stress free playground fun
When: Open every day, 5:00am until 8:00pm
Where: Jardine Court, Boronia Heights (off Middle Rd)
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Interesting idea to have two separate areas for dogs of different sizes. They must get lots of canines there.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4104) 1755 days ago
I like the zoning idea, there's heaps to do!
by Wandering Foodies (score: 2|479) 1747 days ago
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