Moncrieff is a new suburb of Gungahlin, located 25 minutes north of the city. As the suburb has just been built, there are brand new and colourful playgrounds popping up in the area for local families to enjoy. My daughter and I recently explored the biggest one, Moncrieff Community Recreation Park and were excited to find a huge range of creative play equipment, which could be enjoyed by all ages. From the top of the hill of this park, we could also look across the suburb to another colourful playground sitting on top of another hill nearby. It wasn't as large, but it looked like another modern playground to explore, so we came back another day and tracked it down.
Unfortunately on the day that we returned, the beautiful day we started with soon turned overcast and began spitting with rain by the time we got to the playground. We were determined to have a quick play before the rain set in, however on a fine day it would be the ideal place to take a picnic before or after your play, as it has a picnic table at the top and scenic views of the surrounding region. A highlight of this playground for older kids, including my daughter, was the long slide and climbing net to get to the top, with hard areas to climb and manoeuvre inside the netting. It wasn't easy to get into the slide - but it was worth it in the end!
Climbing fun for older kids at Moncrieff Neighbourhood Park
As all the new streets in Moncrieff are named after musicians, this playground (which opened in September 2017) also has a wide range of musical instruments to play, which would be popular with smaller children. Pick up the red sticks and play the xylophones, bang some pipes, patter on some drums and make your own musical fun.
Of course every playground needs some swings and Moncrieff Neighbourhood Park has both toddler swings and a flat, round swing for kids to pile onto and swing together.
This colourful, little playground is perfect for local residents to walk or ride to as their quiet, local park. Parking isn't easy to find on surrounding streets, however this may be rectified in the future when the building work has finished. One thing is for sure - Moncrieff residents are spoilt for choice on brand new, colourful and imaginative playgrounds to visit in their local area. For the rest of us, it is worth the drive to check out the much larger Moncrieff Community Recreation Park and then visit this Neighbourhood Park before or after. Especially in the school holidays, visiting different local playgrounds around Canberra is a fun and free way to entertain the kids and get them outside being active.
It can also be active, and hard work, for parents too.