The Outdoor Lounge at Coburg Lake Reserve is one of several playgrounds located within the park. It is bright and colourful and has a community focus, as explained by the many plaques attached to the playground's retaining wall.
Looking like a Mad Hatter's tea party, the main seating area in the playground consists of wildly sculptured furniture. There's a big, green dragon, a pink rabbit, a panda bear, a toy robot and a striped, orange cat, incorporated into the design.
The Toy Box.
Among the equipment attractions you will find, a 15 metre flying fox, a four-seater rocking plate, and dozens of potted plants arranged in a maze configuration.
There's also an enormous 'Twister' game mat with a soft rubber surface. It is accompanied by a suitably enlarged spinner that once turned, which will indicate which limb each player needs to put down on which coloured circle of the mat. The whole set up promises to provide hours of hilarious tangles for children but also some sore muscles the next day for parents who decide to join in.
As all good playgrounds should, this one has a swing set but the swings at the Outdoor Lounge are clever and unusual in the way they have been constructed. The frame has four, inward facing swings, set in a square shape. The swings are far enough apart to remain safe but close enough so that children can still see the amazed expressions on the faces of their friends as they are propelled towards one another.
The playground was dreamed up with collaborative input from the many children and recreational groups of the local area. It was their ideas, under the guidance of chainsaw artist Angela Polglaze that brought the project to life. Many of the original concept sketches appear as part of the garden artwork and are carefully displayed along the edges of the landscaping that houses the play equipment.
Moreland City Council explains that the community wanted a public space that could provide 'the social interaction of home with the imaginative playfulness of being outdoors'. The only way you'll really know whether they succeeded in their goals or not is to go and try it for yourself.
In terms of access, the closest street to the Outdoor Lounge playground is De Chene Parade in Coburg, however there are a few car spots available there so families might prefer to park in the spaces provided off Newlands Road and journey up the slight hill to access the play equipment.