Sssshhhh….this well equipped and very well hidden park has lots to offer for a family day out. This park is located on Federation Parade behind the main row of shops on Albany Highway in Gosnells. As you pull up to the park your car, you might still not see it as it is below street level and is situated along the Canning River.
Arriving at the park, you will be treated to a zig-zag shaped tree top walk. It is not a very high tree top walk but it is long enough to get a sense of the flora around you. Wildflowers growing on the slopes of the park are now at eye level as are paperbark trees that protect this well shaded park.
Looking down from the top you will see a large purple and black spider web inspired climbing frame. This is the point where I lost the children as they went racing down to have a go on the play equipment. Each step of the climbing frame is covered with a thick rubber tube making it easier for kids to get their footing. Other equipment in the playground are rocking toys, balancing bars, spinning toys and a fully equipped junior climbing frame.
Surrounding the playground there are multiple BBQs and benches and picnic tables. There are drinking fountains, toilets and lots of bins provided for your convenience. You could pack a picnic and really make a day of it.
The Riverside Boardwalk runs alongside the Canning River, which is quite shallow and is more like a creek than a river as it runs past the south eastern suburb of Gosnells. The boardwalk is dotted with benches so it's a great spot to sit, admire the view and listen to the sounds of the flowing water, the rustle of the leaves and the songs of the birds.
As the water is shallow, you can often find kids playing in the water and walking over the large tree logs that lay enticingly like a bridge across the river. However, the water is quite murky and muddy, so make sure kids take precautions if deciding to play in this water. It was great to watch the kids being imaginative and moving sticks and small branches over to redirect water flow and challenging themselves as they walk along logs to the other side of the river.
Further along the boardwalk is an amphitheatre with stadium seating and sloped grass filled sides which some kids loved rolling down on. The area around the amphitheatre is also suitable for bikes and scooters. In fact, many kids were riding around the whole area, on the soft fall base of the playground, the paved areas around the amphitheatre, on the wooden boardwalk and even into the bushes. It is very cool to see the kids being unrestricted and having some old fashioned fun.