Located in the middle of a footpath network in the Southside suburb of Monash, this humble park has lots to offer for those looking for a relaxing play with lots of space to roam! Kaden (18 months) and I stumbled upon this park on a walk one day and ended up spending a morning of giggles and chasings there.
The playground has good old fashioned tan-bark around its base and has one section of equipment (complete with two slides, a set of steps, climbing poles as well as a naughts and crosses game) as well as a swing set and “wobbly frogs” as we have affectionately named them. The equipment is small and looking old, but in its simplicity my little toddler found great pleasure! Kaden particularly loved the echo in the tunnel as he giggled, yelled and drummed inside.
Many trees surround the playground and provide shade for the various benches that are situated around it. The trees also provide shade to beautiful grassy areas that would be good for a picnic, a rest, or a good running game. The footpath network that seems to converge on the playground area provides perfect scootering or cycling terrain for little legs, with soft grass to fall on.
This playground is a simple neighbourhood playground and is in need of some tender loving care and a fresh coat of paint. Unfortunately there aren’t any bins, toilets or taps close by. It has a certain rustic charm to it and its surroundings provide a boundless (and safe – no roads for a long distance) area to run and play. It would be a lovely location to visit on the way home from school to wind down after a day inside. The open space also means that the family pet might like to come along as well!
What: Monash local playground
Where: Access from Harkness Street, Monash
When: Access at all times (no fences or gates)
Parking: Street parking available on Harkness Street, or other surrounding streets
Recommended for: A relaxing play with lots of space, nothing flashy, children aged 0-5 years