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Phoenix Park Playground

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by Helen Thorogood (subscribe)
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Published September 19th 2017
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Located on Rob Roy Road in Malvern East, Phoenix Park is definitely one to make a point of visiting. From its fantastic playground to its cafe, library, skate - park, picnic tables, grassed area, barbecue facilities and community centre there is something here to satisfy all ages.

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The wonderful wooden fort.


With its community-built wooden fort, Phoenix Park provides a unique playground experience. Kids will love all the little nooks and crannies perfect for playing hide and seek. The art work made by the community provides interest and demonstrates what can be achieved when people pull together.

There is a high wobbly bridge and a low one, monkey bars, slides, a tyre swing and standard swings, as well as a sandpit, climbing equipment and a musical instrument to play.

The playground has now been here for quite some time but the council does a good job of keeping it well maintained. There are shade sails above some of the equipment and the soft fall mulch has recently been topped up.

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Hours of fun to be had here.


While it is not completely fenced, there is only one way in to the playground which provides some comfort for carers. If you have a child who is prone to wandering off though, you will need to keep a close eye on them as, due to the layout of the park, it is not always possible to keep them in view from a distance.

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A community achievement.


As well as being a great spot for a picnic lunch, the cafe provides the caffeine and/or sugar hit that can be sorely needed after a few hours running around after children! There is also a drinking fountain though if you'd rather fill up a bottle or you happen to go outside cafe hours.

There are three car parks at Phoenix Park as well as some street parking. Particularly on the weekends, it can be busy but it is well worth the effort as you won't see another park quite like this one.

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Why? Visit a great playground with your kids.
When: Anytime
Where: Phoenix Park, Rob Roy Road, Malvern East
Cost: Free
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