Brisbane has been home for 8 years now - with the help of two energetic young girls it is a great place to discover.
Published January 31st 2012
Makeovers are usually associated with style and fashion. I recently experienced a makeover of a completely different type and it was fabulous. The children's playground at Mowbray Park has had a complete makeover - it has been nipped, lifted and overhauled and the end result gives it the wow factor.
Situated alongside the river adjacent to the Mowbray Park ferry terminal, the old park has been completely removed and the new park erected on a different site just on the the other side of the main path. It is positioned just behind the East Brisbane Croquet Club and East Brisbane Bowls Club. With no less than seven large sails providing an abundance of shade, a complete new park has been built - it is bright, attractive and enticing.
Four slides, four swings and countless ramps and bridges provide plenty of equipment to keep the kiddies entertained for quite some time. "Scruffy" the boat, complete with bell and noisy steering wheel, provide some extra fun, as does the gangplank for those who choose to walk it. Climbing poles, ropes and a little ship will unleash the imagination and the large rope swing will be a source of many squeals and giggles. A simple clear dome is attached to some equipment and I noticed many a funny face being made to the unsuspecting person looking through.
The equipment is bright and colourful and the location extremely relaxing. My favourite aspect was the noticeable omission of tan bark in favour of a squishy, rubbery surface. No grubby feet and bark-filled shoes at the end of our play. The rubbery surface feels nice underfoot whilst providing a safe surface for toddlers and children.
Grass surrounds the whole play area providing ample space to throw a rug. The path bordering the playground also makes for a perfect area to scoot or cycle for those inclined.
Let's face it, when young children are involved toilets on site can be a definite bonus. Although not the cleanest in town they weren't the worst either and certainly served their purpose which is all that matters. A little closer to the river, only metres away, a BBQ is located. This enhances the park and creates an ideal setting for any gathering, particularly for one involving children with energy to burn.
There is a car park situated on Park Avenue, East Brisbane. This may fill quickly as it also caters for those using the ferry terminal. There is plenty of parking available on surrounding side streets.
Further fun for children will be provided at Mowbray Park on Sunday 12 February when Brisbane's Rivercity Steel Band will be giving a free performance, sponsored by Brisbane City Council as part of its Bands in the Park program. Children and their families will have an opportunity to listen to the wonderful calypso sounds of the Caribbean and can join in with percussion instruments and dance. 2:00pm to 3:00pm.
Special fun for the children will be provided at Mowbray Park on Sunday 12 February when Brisbane's Rivercity Steel Band will be giving a free performance, in Brisbane City Council's Bands in the Park program. Pack up a picnic, bring a rug to sit on and get ready for the wonderful calypso sounds of the Caribbean, join in with percussion instruments provided and dance! 2:00pm to 3:00pm.