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Published January 10th 2013
Fun on the foreshore
Holidays and new towns always provide a great opportunity to sample new things. Whilst on holidays in Melbourne recently, we had the opportunity to take the children for a play at Peter Scullin Reserve in Mordialloc - it definitely received the thumbs up. The positive rating was awarded by the children and parents alike.
For starters, the location is great. Situated on the foreshore at Mordialloc it is bordered by the beach and Beach Road, but most importantly it is open and spacious. Although Beach Road can be very busy, the park is positioned a safe distance from the traffic. The park has a nautical theme with the equipment assembled into the shape of a ship. It is bright and attractive and provides plenty of entertainment for children of all ages. The park consists of two separate climbing grounds one being specifically for the younger toddlers. The larger ground can be utilised by the younger children but also features equipment to satisfy the slightly more energetic and older child. Not many parks can boast they have seven slides but this one can. Seven slides, four swings, one giant round swing, tunnels, flying fox, climbing apparatus - this park certainly provides a little something for everyone.
Another fabulous piece of equipment, the likes of which I have never seen before, stands alone waiting for action. Think see-saw, swing, round-a-bout and you might start to get a mental picture. Built for two it transports its riders up and down and around all at the same time - my six year old thought it a little too scary but I am sure others would rate it as "awesome".
With four single swings it is never a long wait for one to become available. I noticed one of the swings had a higher back and appeared very sturdy which would make it a perfect option for those who still require a high level of support whilst on a swing. There is also a large round tyre swing which can comfortably accommodate a handful of excited swingers at any one time.
Apart from the see-saw/swing contraption which is surrounded by sawdust, the equipment is all built upon a soft, spongy type of surface rather than bark chips or sand. This cushiony surface always scores extra points with me. A retaining wall built at seat height surrounds the majority of the park. This allows parents/carers to take a seat and easily observe any shenanigans from a safe distance. Yet another positive from a parents' viewpoint.
Parking is plentiful, although metered along the foreshore. We were staying nearby so had a leisurely stroll to the park appraising the local shops and cafes along the way. Mordialloc is dotted with many delightful and scrumptious cafes and restaurants. You can easily grab a take-away coffee from any one of the nearby cafes or, as we did, have a play, burn off some energy and then enjoy a delicious brunch. We choose Seed Cafe as our destination and again the thumbs up was awarded by both children and adults. We had encountered a rather windy and chilly morning at the park, so the warm atmosphere of Seed was the perfect complement.
Two rotundas provide an attractive background to the playground. Whilst one provides fantastic views of picturesque Port Phillip Bay, the other is equipped with BBQs and seating. Toilets are also located nearby.
This park is no doubt popular with the locals. For those visiting the area, I would definitely recommend a visit.