Lenihan Corner in Wattle Grove is the venue of the brand new play area for kids – The Wattle Grove Nature Discovery Playscape. This playground in set amongst a natural background and encourages free, creative and active play.
Blending in with the natural environment, the highlight of the playscape is the dry creek bed. When we went there it was after the rains and there was quite a bit of water in the creek which made it a little more challenging for the kids. The creek runs through the middle of the playscape and has a large log laying across it where the kids can test their balancing skills.
The playground consists of such things as a timber platform lookout, a tunnel through a mound, slides and a log and net climb. The kids loved getting back to nature and enjoyed the simple concept of playing out of doors.
The 5 way swing is a must try if you have a group of kids with you. Built in a circle, 5 kids can swing together at the same time without hitting each other. The swings also have an extra bar towards the top so if the kids want to stand and swing they can hold onto the bar for extra support.
A bark and woodchip based track winds itself around the boundary of the playscape making it perfect for riding around the native landscaping and the mature trees. The track is only suitable for bikes though. Scooters would find it very difficult to move along the rough track.
There is a balancing hammock which the kids can climb onto and swing on and a set of balancing logs which surround a large tree. When we were there, the kids were having a great time playing chasey on the logs. Another large tree had voices coming from it and it took me a while to realise that there were kids in the tree – something you don't see often these days. It was great to see kids connecting with nature.
Several seats are located within the play area as well as a drink fountain and some picnic tables. The playscape adjoins an open grassed area which is perfect for kicking a ball and running around. The open area has more picnic tables and a gazebo of the far end which is perfect for those who wish to stay longer or have a family picnic. There are no toilets here though.
its good for older children but not really suitable for kids with little legs. my son got bored easily, hes 3 and couldnt climb the rope ladder without assistance, all the swings are for older children, and i noticed that all the children were getting stuck on the slide (not very slippery) its a gorgeous looking park but just needs a little bit more for the younger kids.