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Published September 26th 2018
A new dog park, playground and sports facilities at Taperoo
Whether you have children or a dog, they always appreciate visiting new places. As it happens, so do I. After hearing that the Roy Marten Park at Taperoo had a $6m upgrade from a bland, featureless open space to include two new dog parks and a playground, we all jumped in the car to take a look.
The Roy Marten Park is next door to historic 19th century Fort Largs and the new Police Academy, and the City of Port Adelaide Enfield have been working on redeveloping the park for a few years. There aren't many attractive community spaces nearby, and the new Roy Marten Park includes a massive playground, sports and exercise facilities, free BBQ and picnic area, as well as two attractive dog parks.
What more could you ask for?
Millie - Meet New Friends at the Roy Marten Dog Park
As you enter the off street car parking, the size of the Roy Marten playground area is almost overwhelming. It stretches into the distance, with the dog parks located on the far side. The playground is divided into different zones based on age and activity type, with a central plaza leading through the middle. On the left are swings ranging from mild to wild, with a climbing frame that resembles the Aerial Adventure Park at West Beach in miniature.
On the right side of the central plaza is a pirate ship playground that is like the one at Goodale Reserve in Clarence Gardens. But that's only the start of the junior play facilities, with a giant sandpit and water play area commonly found in other nature playgrounds.
At the centre of the park older kids were playing on the basketball and netball courts, or taking a spin on the massive slide and trampolines. There are also free fitness stations if you want to keep healthy. The free BBQ area and picnic shelter are bordered by a landscaped garden, with Kangaroo Paws in full bloom and a toilet conveniently nearby. Passing these we came to the Roy Marten dog parks (for large and small dogs).
While the Taperoo playground was packed on a weekday lunchtime, the dog parks were much quieter when we visited. It gave my furkids a good chance to check out the facilities, scratch around in their own sandpit, climb the mounds, and of course, sniff everything twice.
A young Labrador pup arrived shortly after us, wanting some boisterous play. It was the same size as my dogs, but many older dogs don't tolerate the full-on attention of pups very well. Dog park etiquette is important to avoid fights between dogs (and owners), and I was really pleased when the puppy's owner offered to take it to the park next door. Courtesy like that is important, but it was time for me to leave with my dogs anyway.
The Roy Marten Park offers fun things to do for all the family. From tiny tots to teenagers, there are free activities for kids of all ages. It's also a dog-friendly place where families can bring their pooches too - the number of these seem to be dwindling.