The much-anticipated opening of the brand new multi-million dollar nautical-themed park at Sienna Wood, Hilbert, has arrived. It officially opened on 3 December 2017 and there is plenty to keep the kidlets entertained in and around the main playground. The playground has been designed to meet the needs of children with all abilities and is really innovative with never-seen-before play equipment in Perth.
The whole site is 6000 square metres and includes the enclosed shipwreck playground, exercise equipment, basketball court (with shaded table/seating and ping pong tables to the side), grassed kick about areas, BBQ stations and two enclosed dog parks with agility equipment.
The star attraction of the playground is without a doubt the 30-metre shipwreck, which is the best I have seen in Perth. There is so much for your children to explore in the ship, you could visit over and over again; a new adventure each visit.
The ship has two levels and most of the area is covered with shade sails for our hot summer days.
A big thumbs up to the designers and Stockland for making the ship so authentic; there are port holes, chimneys, lifebuoys, pipework and nautical lights throughout the structure which bring it to life. Some of the pipes double up as sound tubes for you to send secret messages to your crew.
In two locations on the ship are these fabulous, ingenious 'lifts'. You can take the 'lift' from the upper deck to the lower deck. They work by body weight; when you stand on the platform you take a slow decent to the ground. They then return to the top by themselves for the next shipmate. They are going to prove to be very popular; they are such fun. I did have a go, so I can vouch for that! Younger children may need help and supervision if they use these.
I should mention that there are also in-ground trampolines, musical instruments, water and sand play, a dry creek bed with logs to journey across, a long, dual all-ability flying fox, swings, rockers (a seahorse and whale of course!) plus funky seating throughout, a water fountain, a ships wheel complete with bell to ring and lots of other bits and pieces to enjoy.
There are several entry/exits points, all with self-closing gates to ensure the fun (and kids) are kept inside the park. There are three toilets, one with disabled access, a BBQ area which includes a wheelchair friendly BBQ, shaded tables and benches, plenty of grass to run around on or set up your picnic rug/chairs and plenty of purpose-built parking.
This wonderful new addition to the Perth playground scene is suitable for all age groups and somewhere that will enable your kid's imagination to set sail, with no chance of an anchor dropping on their adventure.