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Playgrounds, Parks and Reserves in Crace

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by Heidi Cee (subscribe)
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Published October 22nd 2021
There's plenty of space to play in Crace
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The sculpture walk in Crace's Hilltop Reserve


Not all suburbs are created equal: some have great restaurants, some have lovely local shops. For Crace, a relatively small suburb, its status as a relatively new, master-planned community means it has more playgrounds, parks and reserves than many other similar sized suburbs. They range from the absolutely tiny to the expansive, all offering something different to enjoy.

George Kemp Park

The tiniest and cutest playground in Crace is found in George Kemp Park. This playground is set within the long, narrow George Kemp Park and is all about keeping the littlest members of your family happy. It has a see-saw, slide and climbing steps which is nicely arranged for little legs just learning to walk and climb. The park is almost always quiet with one or two families cheering on their kids reaching new milestones from the nearby seating. There are well-established trees providing some shade and a level curved path running the length of a few blocks which is perfect for beginner bike riders and scooters to practice their skills.

Duncan Dunbar Reserve

Duncan Dunbar Reserve is a small reserve that includes a medium playground with swings, a climbing area and climbing wall, a decent slide and a small pirate ship themed play area. This park is great for kids looking to graduate from toddler-sized equipment to something a bit more challenging. The area isn't shaded and the surrounding grass reserve area can become very boggy after rain. There are paths for bike riding and scooting away from traffic.

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The upper park in the Hilltops Reserve


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The lower Hilltop Reserve Park


Hilltop Reserve

Coming in at 7.5 hectares, Hilltop Reserve is the largest parkland in Crace. It offers sweeping views across Canberra to the Brindabella Ranges and you can spot a huge variety of birdlife as well as the occasional snake, kangaroo or possum in the reserve. There are paths through the reserve including a sculpture walk which includes footprints, sculptures and information about native animals and reptiles.

Hilltop Reserve is home to two playgrounds at either end of the reserve. The smaller playground at the bottom of the reserve has a slide, a swing and a spinning ride. The upper park has climbing mounds and a web climbing frame, swings and roundabouts. This is also a great spot for kite flying on a windy day. There is no shade and the conditions at the park can be very hot and very windy given the exposed hilltop location.

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The Crace Recreation Park


Crace Recreation Park

The Crace Recreation Park has something for everyone. There is a large playground with equipment to suit both small and older kids including swings, slides and climbing frames. The playground area has a shade sail and some shaded seating. There are BBQ and toilet facilities near the playground and it's often used as an outdoor birthday party destination. Beside the playground is a large grassed area that leads to an outdoor sports facility with tennis, netball, basketball and soccer multi-purpose courts as well as an outdoor gym. The park is also home to a wetland full of birds, frogs, lizards and more.

Crace Grassland Nature Reserve

The Crace Grasslands Nature Reserve is part of Canberra Nature Park. The area is a 159-hectare grassland reserve and is home to several threatened and endangered species, including the Button Wrinklewort, Striped Legless Lizard, Golden Sun Moth and the Perunga Grasshopper. There are grassy tracks throughout the reserve for walking ad birdwatching. There is also a fenced horse riding track is in the reserve's north east.
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When: Always open
Where: Crace, ACT
Cost: free
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