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Published August 14th 2017
So many parks, so little time
1. Halliday Park Revamped a few years ago this terrific playground offers so much! Two flying foxes, an in-ground trampoline, large rope climbing structure, net swing, water play feature as well as the usual slides and a swing set. Shaded by wonderful old oak trees, the barbeque and picnic tables are very popular on sunny days. There is a large amount of open grassed area perfect for kicking balls and there are also toilet facilities. The park is at 310 Mitcham Road, Mitcham, parking behind the Mitcham Bowls Club.
Upgraded in 2015, the play space here is absolutely beautiful. At the centre is a large turtle that the kids can climb on, but there are many lovely touches, including insects set into tree logs and an accessible roundabout. The natural landscaping is also gorgeous. What I love about this playground is that there is a combination of playground equipment not found in every second park that you visit.
For example, there is a wooden xylophone and analemmatic sundial There are picnic tables and toilets here. In addition to the playground kids and adults alike will enjoy the walk around the lake – a beautiful piece of bushland right in suburbia. There is also plenty of space for kicking a ball on the grass adjacent to the playground. The playground is on Central Road, Blackburn.
The fantastic play space at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary
3. Elgar Park Near the corner of Elgar and Belmore Road, Box Hill. This park is the home of the Box Hill Miniature Railway where on public running days kids can have a ride on the trains. If the trains aren't running or you've had a turn, then the train themed playground is great to spend some time in. There is a swing set and two pieces of train themed equipment for kids to enjoy. There is also a cute little station set up with a small train track for playing on. If you have a train fanatic in your household this would suit them down to the ground! Situated next to the sports field, there is also plenty of room to run off more steam kicking a ball about.
4. Wattle Park What could be more quintessentially Melbourne than a tram themed playground? Kids do love trams although the trams here could do with a little love back. Apart from this, the playground itself is large and beautifully shaded. It is effectively divided into two areas, one for the littler kids and one for the older kids.
Wattle Park itself is very large and is great for a walk around, providing a taste of the bush in the heart of the suburbs, as well as more open areas. There is the historic chalet here too, which is popular for functions. There are barbecues in the park and toilets as well as ample space for setting up picnic rugs. It is on Riversdale Road, Burwood.
5. Surrey Dive Lake Playground. Situated off Elgar Road, Box Hill at Standard Avenue, the playground is adjacent to the historic Surrey Dive Lake, the surrounds of which were recently improved by the council. The playground has barbeques nearby and covered picnic tables, toilets and a water fountain. There is a huge helter skelter type slide here as well as a swing set, a lighthouse themed play structure and a large wooden pirate ship. Plenty to keep young children occupied. The lake itself is not a huge lake to walk around but it is very pleasantly landscaped and there are some seats which are lovely to sit on and catch some sun.
Surrey Dive Lake has one of the most exciting slides around.