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Published January 3rd 2016
Colourful, modern playgrounds to explore
Wright is a new suburb of Canberra, situated just 13km's south west of the city. It is a suburb still under construction alongside its neighbour Coombs, which has a number of stages to its new development. The first house in Wright was built in 2012 and modern houses and cutting edge apartment blocks have been built at a rapid pace alongside it. For local residents (and those of us who like to drive through for a stickybeak!), the benefit of building new suburbs are the new, modern playgrounds that are being built, with more planned for the future.
If you drive around Wright, you will discover some new playgrounds to enjoy. The largest playground is on the corner of Tishler Street and Banjo Patterson Street. This unshaded playground is different to other local playgrounds with its striking geometric climbing frame, spinning toys, a net swing, large climbing frame and a modern seesaw to master. We found the seesaw to be quite heavy when trying to get on and more suited to older children. As you go up and down the large foam beads move in the centre - the new age seesaw!
Another positive feature of this playground in Wright is the undercover BBQ area. With climbing plants being trained up the side, it is easy to see the vision of these playground areas for family get togethers. There are also shady trees being planted and bench seats positioned in future shady spots. It will take a number of years for this to eventuate, however when it does, these playgrounds will be ideal hubs for community get-togethers and weekend picnics. During the Summer months it can get quite hot, so we found it best to get there early in the day.
Down the hill is Wright Park, on the corner of Max Jacobs Avenue and Serventy Street. Although a hot park in the Summer with no sunsails (at this stage) it is a cute little park for younger children with a firetruck as the highlight.
There is another playground on the other side of the suburb on the corner of Tishler street and John Gorton Drive. This playground has a large slide, orange soft mounds to climb, swings and picnic tables. The slide was a hit with our daughter, due to its large steps going up and bumpy slide down!
There is also a climbing frame at Argus Park, a smaller park on Argus Street. The climbing frame is unshaded and there is a little athletic track that runs around the outside. Also at this area is a flat bike path for the kids and another undercover picnic table area.
When you drive around Wright, explore down side streets and see what you may discover. There is outdoor exercise equipment on some of the side roads for exercise enthusiasts after a run at nearby Stromlo Park. Down the centre of the suburb is Link Park on David Fleay Street with a boardwalk, planned playground and the Jogalong Track for runners (see here for map). The boardwalk makes a windy bike path for the kids as well - as long as they don't fall off!
Jogalong Track at Link Park with Telstra Tower in the distance.
This new area is an exciting development to explore, with new parks for the kids to enjoy. See the developers website for future plans and details for when new playgrounds are expected to be finished in Wright and Coombs. At the time of writing, new playgrounds were getting built in nearby Coombs however they weren't completed. All playgrounds are designed for 0-7 year olds, so you can't go wrong driving around the area and checking them out for suitability. Most kids love exploring new playgrounds in Canberra, and you can't get much newer than Wright for some colourful playground fun!