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Published July 2nd 2017
A great place for young and old
In 2016 the Maroondah City Council opened a new playground at Wyreena, a community arts centre in Croydon. In addition to modern playground equipment, the playground has beautiful metal sound sculptures not seen elsewhere and lovely carved wooden sculptures. Set in gorgeous grounds with large oak trees and beautiful picnic tables and benches, this playground is fast becoming a local favourite.
There is a large tunnel slide accessed by climbing up a couple of levels, smaller conventional slide, swings, including an accessible swing, climbing frames and a play shop area. The garden setting is really lovely and the small sound sculptures that are found in the garden encourage young children to explore. It gives the whole area a magical element to it, with interesting things placed at eye level for little ones.
The picnic tables set near the playground mean that it is easy for adults to keep an eye on their charges. There is also a lovely grassed area for setting up picnic rugs, which would be wonderful on a warm sunny day.
The PlaySpace is set in the grounds of Wyrenna which is a community arts centre for the City of Maroondah. The arts centre offers a variety of arts programs in its heritage buildings. Hall hire and functions may also be arranged here. In addition, they run school holiday programs.
Perhaps one of the best things about the playground from an adult perspective is that it is located adjacent to the delightful Conservatory Cafe. The cafe serves a wonderful array of food and drinks and looks out onto the gardens and PlaySpace. On weekends and even during the week it would be advisable to book as it is a very popular place.
Prices are reasonable with a large, fluffy scone with jam and cream setting you back $4.00 and a babychino with marshmallows just $1.50. They have a lovely selection of herbal teas as well as coffee and other sweet delights. Whilst I haven't sampled the lunch fare, it certainly sounded and looked delicious. The cafe is even licensed if you feel you need something stronger than a coffee!