Situated on a quiet street in one of Canberra’s most southern suburbs, the Conder community wetlands provide a beautiful green space for families to enjoy, including a playground. Kaden (18 months) and I were lucky enough to stumble upon this playground for our afternoon play this week.
The playground is a small, local playground however it is a clean and well cared for area. It has a set of swings that are in good condition with tan bark to provide a soft fall. The rest of the equipment, located in the same tan bark area, offers two slides, hard plastic climbing walls and a wobbly bridge. The equipment also has a metal chain ladder to climb up as well as an old fashioned tic-tac-toe activity. In the surrounds of the equipment are two balancing challenges, one in the shape of a truck, which was Kaden’s favourite.
The climbing aspects of the playground required a lot of strength and coordination, most suited to child three years and up. Kaden still enjoyed climbing, however he required a bit of help from his nervous Aunty! Once he was on the equipment his attention was on the slides and loved the twists and turns of the two different slides.
The community wetlands surround this playground and provide a beautiful green space, away from roads, to be able to run and play. Kaden loves running, everywhere and anywhere, and was content to explore the bridges, rolling mounds and lightly vegetated areas that were close by. Be aware of the waterways that are close by as they are water collection areas and may become dangerous when flooded.
Parking is a bit tricky as you can only really park on the near by streets. As this is a local park there are no toilets, bins or any running water close by. If you are in need of a toilet or a snack, best to head down to the Lanyon shopping centre (three or four minutes away) and use the facilities there.
For a spacious, relaxing and enjoyable afternoon play, Conder provided all that we were looking for. As we were leaving another family was arriving with their school bags and set themselves up on the bench under the tree for their afternoon tea and a play – a perfect way to wind down after school!
What: Conder wetland playground
Where: Access from Montefiore street, Conder
When: Access at all times (no fences or gates)
Parking: Street parking available on Montefiore Street, or other surrounding streets.
Recommended for: A spacious spot for those who like to run and explore, recommended for children three years and up.