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Montrose Community Playground

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published August 4th 2019
Climb, slide, swing or shop, do it here

Playground entrance
The playground entrance, note names on fence pickets.


Playgrounds in suburbia are almost a dime a dozen, but this one is the full dollar. It had been a small almost unused playground for many years, until a young local mother, Julie McDonald, had the vision to turn the run-down area into an exciting place for kids to play.

Play ground
One corner of the play ground.

It is just inside the entrance to the Montrose Recreation Oval, with off road parking.

With the support of the Yarra Ranges Shire Council, her vision became a reality, with funding from state and local government. Financial support also came from the local community in the form of purchasing pickets for fences, which have their names on the pickets.

Rotating swing
A rotating, tilting play thing.

Although taking two years in planning the playground was built in five days in April 2008, by over 1000 volunteers.

Rope climber
The rope climbing cone.


It boasts a myriad of different items for the kids to sit on, swing on, slide on, climb on or just look on. It is a very safe area as there are no hard surfaces so any falls will be on soft spongy surfaces.

Beetle ride
Driving a beetle, but not a VW.


There is something for all aged kids, from a small one person spring supported rocking animal to what I call a rope climbing cone. Many of the items were chosen to suit children of all abilities.

Rope climber
Atop the rope climber.


Rope climber
Having a rest.


It would be the best suburban playground I have seen, although my quest is not complete. It was very pleasing to read that much of the playground was built using recycled plastics.

Swing
A different swing.


A unique feature of the Montrose Community Playground is child-sized replicas of recognisable landmarks of the small township of Montrose.

Toy village
Part of Montrose Village.


There is a library, chocolate shop, Montrose Meats, York Hairdressing, a CFA Fire engine and Humming Bird Cakes & Coffee to mention a few. There is even a pretend ATM and post box.

Library
Want to borrow a book?


Chocolate shop.
Soft or hard centres?


The area is well equipped with facilities. There are BBQs and picnic tables and a toilet block is just across the oval entrance road. Many seats are situated around the play area, so parents can sit and watch their charges charging all over the place trying to utilise every piece of equipment at the same time.

Flying fox
Oops ...


My visit was on a cold winter's day, yet there were numerous rugged-up children enjoying the playthings.

It is worthwhile seeking this playground out, especially if you have adventurous children as they will find adventure there.
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Where: Montrose Community Playground Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose. Melways map: 52 D. 8.
Cost: free
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Cute models Neil. Do you hire them out?
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