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Published February 2nd 2017
Explore this new suburb & discover two new toddler parks
Coombs is a new Canberra suburb, located 20 minutes south west of the city in the Molonglo Valley district. It is the second suburb to be built in this new area after Wright, on the other side of the main highway. For families, it is always exciting to see a new suburb getting built as it also means that new playgrounds will also be created, with brand new play equipment and facilities. A year ago, my daughter and I visited the playgrounds in Wright and we have been eagerly anticipating what Coombs would have in store (and then in years to come, Denman Prospect, when it gets built). On a recent drive around the area to admire the houses and see how this suburb was progressing, we discovered two playgrounds that had been finished. Although fun for my daughter, aged five, we agreed they would be more suited to younger children as it has smaller equipment and plenty of soft areas to run and fall. If you live in the area, why not go for a drive and check them out - you certainly won't be able to miss the colour!
Noffs Crescent Playground is a colourful and impressive playground, with a large orange mound in the centre with a small slide to slip down, as well as smaller round mounds to run over. The green "soft fall" flooring here is extensive, so it doesn't matter if there are any tumbles on the way down. Net swings are always popular and this little park has a small toddler size for one child only. If your kids have a trike or scooter, there is a little boardwalk area for them to ride around too. When the kids need a break, there is a shaded picnic table to sit at - which is the only shade at this sunny park. Although it is a small park, it also has a little carpark for several cars. See Google map here.
Take a break and have a picnic in the shade. Telstra Tower is seen in the far distance.
Terry Connelly Street Playground is the larger out of the two and it also has more shade, with the slide and roundabout area having a shade sail over the top. The small slide is a good size for toddlers and there are two roundabouts to spin on, with one an individual seat and the other is one that a few kids can jump on and spin around together. Just a short distance away is a swing set and two bouncy toys, perfect for little kids to bounce on.
At this playground there is also a ramp down to the next level, which has mounds to run over (with concrete surrounding them) and a large, green, soft staircase to climb up. There is also a large net climbing frame and two standing up pieces of equipment which bounce or spin. The entire playground is fenced with pool fencing to keep kids from running towards the pond that is behind the playground. On our visit we took a walk to the bridge over the new pond, which is part of the Bicentennial National Trail and saw a few ducks making this new pond their home, however more are sure to come. See Google map here.
For the families of Coombs who have made this area their home (and curious visitors like us), these colourful playgrounds are sure to be popular all year around. The best part is - there are even more to come.