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Published April 4th 2013
Dog park, skate park, bmx track, playground, shared trails
Minkarra Park is truly a park that has something for everyone in the family.
I originally noticed the park because it is the only purpose built dog park in the Onkaparinga council area south of Adelaide.
After visiting the park, I then discovered what a great range of activities are supported - there are mountain bike and hiking trails in the bushland, playgrounds for kids, a bmx track, the off leash dog park, and a large skate park.
Minkarra Park is located on Happy Valley Drive, with entry to the car park via Manning Rd. A sign warns dog owners that dogs are not permitted within 20 metres of the playground under threat of an expiation notice.
The fitness training area is at the eastern end of the park, with 8-10 pieces of Moduplay equipment to work out on, and instructions are provided on how to use the equipment. While my dogs sat laughing in the car I tried a few pieces of equipment without doing myself any injury.
Seriously though, you don't have to be a fitness fanatic to use this equipment - it was dead easy.
The playground doesn't come with any instructions for older folk without experience, but kids will have no qualms about enjoying themselves on the modern pieces of equipment. It's on a rubberised surface or bark chips to minimise the risk of injury.
Two evil looking Gremlins stood guard at the gate spitting venom and looking threatening until I opened it, when they suddenly made themselves scarce. Their owner cheerily told me that they do that for all visitors.
The other dog owners were friendly, and all the dogs in the park played happily together. It's a very effective way of socialising your dog, and I have found that dogs are less likely to misbehave or bark after a visit to a park like this.