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Where is the best children’s playground in Canberra?

By illyria - 25 March 2008 36

I am involved with a community organisation and we are organising a family picnic day for disadvantaged kids in Canberra. We would normally go somewhere central like Weston Park or Black Mountain Peninsula where there is both playground equipment and BBQ’s. I recently took my kids to Weston Park where the ACT Govt has installed a ‘Spiders Web’ (a climbing frame for all you oldies) and a couple of new swings, however we were appalled by the old water play area that now has no running water but several stagnant pools of scum. Not really conducive to 2 year old play!

I have been to a park at Gungahlin where there are swings, flying foxes and a fantastic skate park to mention a few things. I have heard that there is an equivalent new park in Gordon. To save me a drive all over the ACT, does anybody have any suggestions about where the best park is?

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36 Responses to
Where is the best children’s playground in Canberra?
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Joe Canberran 5:07 pm
25 Mar 08
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if you get a few answers this seems like a great topic to try out the new riot poll thingy.

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Swaggie 5:30 pm
25 Mar 08
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It’s a bit down at heel these days but the adventure playground near Kambah Woolshed is always a great place for the kids. It gets my vote over the Gordon Space Park.

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hk0reduck 6:14 pm
25 Mar 08
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I can tell you in the late 80s it used to be Fadden Pines.

It had a flying fox, a three level wooden CASTLE with a flying fox coming from level two and a variety of ways to climb to the top, a maze with a bell to ring at the centre, a skate bowl and a Half-Pipe.

Then someone fell off the flying fox and it got removed.
They took away the third level.
They took away the second level.
They took away the half-pipe.
They took away the maze.

Damn jerk Government!

Unfortunately I haven’t really kept up with awesome playgrounds so I can’t help you with the present.

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el 6:51 pm
25 Mar 08
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Adventure Playground in Kambah.

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grundy 7:07 pm
25 Mar 08
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I have wonderful memories of the park at Lake Ginninderra…
I’m not sure if it’s in very good condition, but my siblings and cousins and I could play there contently for hours in the ‘snake’ park back in the day!
There’s a range of climbing frames/tubes/bridges with model snakes slithering through it all…sounds scary but was lots of fun. Kids don’t need anything too complicated to stay entertained in a place like that.

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BerraBoy68 7:23 pm
25 Mar 08
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Wow, great question! As a kids in the 70’s I’d say the wooden climbing thingy/fort in Weston Park was great, the tunnel/concrete thing near Lake Burley Griffin was in good use too (its still there in the park across the road from Reid CIT). Now I’d have to say the Kambah Adventure Playground. It has space enough for footy and cricket and plenty of play equipment for kids of all ages.

The new (i.e. post-bushfire) playground at the Cotter is pretty cool too!

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realityskin 7:32 pm
25 Mar 08
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Tuggeranong beach rocks, bbqs and great big playground …

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el 8:00 pm
25 Mar 08
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el said :

the tunnel/concrete thing near Lake Burley Griffin was in good use too (its still there in the park across the road from Reid CIT).

Yeah, it was fun as a kid, but they don’t call them the ‘piss caves’ for nothing :-(

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el 8:01 pm
25 Mar 08
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And if that ain’t a pool room quote I don’t know what is.

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illyria 8:05 pm
25 Mar 08
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I think we should definitely give the ‘piss caves’ a miss! The wooden fort at Weston Park is gone, as is the maze at Black Mountain. More victims of litigation gone wild. Adventure Playground at Kambah is something that I have been told about outside of RA and it has come up here a few times. It will be worth taking a look at it. Thanks

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imhotep 8:42 pm
25 Mar 08
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Adventure Playground in Kambah is quite good. It has a new section for under fives and flying foxes and other good stuff for older kids.

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shiny flu 8:48 pm
25 Mar 08
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I always remember Glebe park and the wood playgrounds at Weston Parks as a favorite when I was a grom.

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andym 8:57 pm
25 Mar 08
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The Viking Park at Gordon Ponds is good, but I really like, and more importantly my 4 year old daughter really likes the new playground at Tidbinbilla.

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imarty 9:43 pm
25 Mar 08
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My missus is off to Sydney this weekend leaving me and my young fella (nearly 2yo)to ourselves so Tidbinbilla sounds good. I’m supposing to get there it’s sign posted?
Another good option, whilst without BBQs, is the War Memorial. D-Zone and all light and sound shows were greatly enjoyed by both of us and something I suspect will be a good fallback for rainy days.

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ant 9:43 pm
25 Mar 08
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I always found Weston Park thrilling as a kid, and then they opened up that adventure playground at that school in Forrest… off State Circle and Deakin Avenue. That was incredible.

Sad that kids have to miss out on these htings now, because greed-head parents react to everything by suing. Didn’t happen when I was a kid. We fell off stuff, broke stuff, winded ourselves… Pretty sure there wasn’t any suing going on.

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