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Published March 26th 2017
Discover this playground with activities for all ages
A new suburb brings new playgrounds, and this new one in the suburb of Munno Para in Adelaide's north is a winner for adults and kids alike. I have no idea what this playground is called as there is no sign. The playground is situated right behind the Stretton Centre, which is a local work, industry and research hub. The building also houses a Playford Council payment centre and the local library. This centre is behind the new shopping area along the developing Curtis Road.
The Stretton Centre looks like a big box and can be seen for miles around. Image by the writer.
Locals have known about this playground since it opened in late 2015. If you are visiting the north, be sure to stop by if you have kids with you, because it is very different to city playgrounds. There are big things here that make you want to run and be free, yet also some small things that make you stop and look and listen.
Press your foot on the bells and play a tune. Image by the writer.
One of the small things to notice is a small area that has buttons in the wooden decking that you press with your foot and they ring a bell. Each bell has a different sound. One of the big things is the super wide slippery dip which has a huge sun shade over it. It is so wide at least 10 kids could slide down it together at the same time. There is also a climbing rope tower and a flying fox.
A skinny slide and a wide slide with lots of climbing to do. Image by the writer.
The flying fox is loads of fun, but be patient for your turn. Image by the writer.
Facilities for parents include some seating near the equipment surrounded by some attractive plants. There are some picnic tables under a shelter also. Adjacent to the playground is a large grassed area with plenty of room for a picnic and ball games. The new housing here is fairly compact with not much yard space, so the council have made large play spaces for families to get outdoors and be active.
Plenty of space here for ball games and running. The playground is at the back of the photo. Image by the writer.
On the other side of the green space is a skateboard area where all ages whizz around on scooters and boards. This area seems to be more popular than the playground. There are pathways all around here connecting the playground to the other areas, so a good place for the kids to bring a bike or scooter.
Another fun feature of this playground is the water play area. There is a water wheel to turn and a long moat paved with small stones. Take some paper and make some paper boats to race along the flowing water.
The skateboard area nearby the playground. Image by the writer.
Toilets are hidden away at the southern side of the Stretton Centre building. If you go during business hours, there are some inside near the library. This playground is modern, large and well landscaped and has many options for children of all ages. After all that running about they may enjoy some quiet time with some books at the library. Another thing we liked was it is not near any main roads, so is fairly quiet and safe.