Ocean Grove is home to some fantastic playgrounds, such as Ocean Grove Park, Airlie's Playspace and Kingston Park. These playgrounds have great facilities and are popular with locals and tourists alike.
But if you're looking for some smaller, less-crowded places to take the kids, then Ocean Grove also has a number of lesser-known playgrounds located in quieter areas.
While these playgrounds don't have the facilities of the larger parks such as toilets, water fountains, rubbish bins etc, they're still well-maintained and have a good range of equipment and grass areas.
Here are four Ocean Grove playgrounds that are hidden away from the main roads and offer a quieter playground experience:
Crane Reserve 9 Crane Court, Ocean Grove Crane Reserve is in the 'old' Ocean Grove area in Crane Court. It's very small, however, it's location is great for smaller children as it is in a cul-de-sac which means there is very little traffic. The play equipment includes a slide, bouncer and swing set with regular and toddler swing. I'd recommend this playground for younger children.
There is a council sign advising that the usual restrictions apply ie. dogs must be on leads within 10 metres of the playground and dog litter must be picked up, alcohol is not permitted, motorbikes are not permitted and fires are prohibited.
For all four playgrounds, free street parking is available in the neighbouring streets.
Each reserve backs onto houses which provide fencing around the area. The access points, however, are open/unfenced.
Shade and Shelter:
The City of Greater Geelong Council has a policy of using natural shade in the area's playgrounds, so limited shade is provided by the trees. No shelter is available at any of the playgrounds above (aside from the small shelters on some of the play structures).