Russell Brown Adventure Park in Minim Cove (Mosman Park) is an award-winning and innovative nature play and adventure playground on the banks of the beautiful Swan River.
Spanning more than 2400 square metres, the park was a collaborative effort of a number of groups including the Mosman Park Men's Shed, the Rotary Club of Mosman Park, St Hilda's Anglican Girls School and the Mosman Park Council.
There are plenty of ropes to swing, climb and balance on
The collaboration meant that instead of costing almost half a million dollars to make, as was estimated, it cost only $60,000 with hundreds of tonnes and rocks and dirt and more than 100 truckloads of bark being donated, as well as countless hours of donated time from all the groups.
The end product is a sprawling world of natural enticements, with creeks, cubby-making, tree trunks to balance on and dirt to dig in.
Two creeks run from the top of the park to a beautiful pond
Two rock-lined creeks gently wind their way down the slope into the picturesque pond complete with fountain, ducks and lily pads. Surrounded by grass, the pond is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic, and where you will find BBQs, bench seating and picnic tables. Kids enjoy floating leaves and boats down the creek, and in the hot days of summer it would be easy to imagine little people wading in to keep cool.
Elsewhere in the park if you want to sit down, it will have to be on a rock or tree trunk. Shaded overhead by a canopy of trees, the park also contains a number of ropes courses (donated from Fremantle Port), with ropes tied to trees, boulders and cleverly covered old truck tyres, encouraging kids to balance, swing and climb. They have even created an abseil wall out of a mammoth tree trunk.
Our favourite area was the corner of the park dedicated to building cubbies and teepees. While the basic structure for three shelters have already been provided, it still leaves a lot of room for imagination and creativity with branches, twigs, logs and rocks being dragged from nearby to create club houses and hidey-holes.
The park has toilets and parking is available at the Mosman Park Tennis Club. It is not gated and provides free access to the river only a few metres away, but there is a gated and shaded play area at the top of the park, near the entrance, which is suitable for toddlers or kids who need to be contained.