Fadden Pines playground has wide open spaces for the whole family, including the dog! While Fadden Pines has undergone changes throughout the years, in its current form it offers BBQ areas, equipment for young and older children, as well as luscious green space for setting up your own fun. This week, my 18-month-old play expert, Kaden, showed me how much fun can be had in a refreshed southside treasure.
Fadden Pines has three separate areas of play equipment catering to different ages and abilities. Walking in from the (ample!) parking, you follow the path up to the first equipment which is complete with climbing, balancing, slides and a swing set. This area is set for younger children, up to about five years of age.
Shady trees surround this playground and keep it sheltered from the heat of the sun, and provide solid shade for the nearby benches and tables. Kaden loves the climbing in this area, however, the balancing bridge can be tricky and little people will need a grown up nearby to help out!
Moving on to the main climbing fort (it’s huge and brightly coloured, you can’t miss it), there’s an area for bigger children (five years and up) looking to get a bit more physical and adventurous.
When you need a break from exploring, there are plenty of covered areas to sit back and have a snack. The bins are located in the car park and near the BBQ areas at the entrance of the park. The toilets are on the opposite side of the park to the sitting areas, so my advice is go early and go often!
Fadden Pines is also an off-leash dog exercise area so feel free to bring vaccinated and well-behaved dogs along for a day out. There might be other dogs around, so before you visit it may be a good idea to remind the kids about how to be safe around new dogs.
If you are taking the whole family out for the day, there is even a small skate park to the east of the BBQ areas that might interest your teenage companions.
Fadden Pines offers a range of activities and a lot of beautiful space that the whole family can enjoy. Whether you want to climb, run, bike or relax, this park has a spot for you.
What: Fadden Pines playground
Where: Fadden, access to gravel car park off Bugden Avenue
When: Open seven days a week, 7am-10pm (during daylight savings), 7am-9pm.
Parking: Ample and easy, gravel ring road with shaded parking spots.
Recommended for: Children of all ages, and friendly pups welcome too!