Where is the best children’s playground in Canberra?

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?
astrojax astrojax 11:27 am 28 Mar 08

no, but i think he’s a nephew of savannah sue and a third cousin twice removed to plain jane…

Deano Deano 11:13 pm 27 Mar 08

Jungle Jim? Is he any relation to Desert Dave or Mountain Mike?

astrojax astrojax 10:25 pm 27 Mar 08

damn, and i thought the whole dead mother thing might work… (actually, she is in rooly and trooly hospital at the moment having just had a hip replacement, so not dead, but not ripe for clambering up a jungle jim, either!)

actually, the best playground for kids in canberra, in my humble estimation, is questacon.

beats playing with the peg i had as a young’un, though i did a lot with suc simple toys – witness the imagination i display in these humble (virtual) pages! ; )

el el 8:10 pm 27 Mar 08

Oh, the ironing.

illyria illyria 8:03 pm 27 Mar 08

I do not for a second believe that astrojax’s mum died giving birth to him, I do believe that he was being facetious when he made that comment and that he was trying to bring drama to the items I had posted in response to his post. If I am wrong, then I humbly apologise to atrojax and any other person on RA whose mother died in childbirth, which ‘in my book’ would truly have been a terribly tragic event.

Come on guys, get a sense of humour.

Sina Sina 7:36 pm 27 Mar 08

Being upset because your mother died in childbirth is “dramatic” in you book???

illyria illyria 1:24 pm 27 Mar 08

Sorry astrojax, I am old and I am not up with the whole icon thingys signalling intent. I should have posted a ‘ 😉 ‘ at the end of my post also. I will remember this for the future.

You really are being a bit dramatic though with the whole dead mother thing.

astrojax astrojax 12:45 pm 27 Mar 08

illyria, you are an incompetent reader. didn’t see the ‘ 😉 ‘ at the end of the post to signal it was a short and jocular post?

and my mother died in childbirth with me, so i find your remark upsetting.

Timberwolf65 Timberwolf65 11:19 am 27 Mar 08

It’s a bloody shame about the playgrounds of Canberra, all the good ones have been taken down and replaced by boring plastic, colourful ones.
bring back the old wooden forts, where you could truly get lost in your imagination.

When i was a kid you never heard of people sueing, you only heard of that happening in America!!!!

illyria illyria 6:48 pm 26 Mar 08

Play Station’s or X-Box’s have those simulation car driving games don’t they??? Hey that is not such a bad idea. It might keep them off Majura Avenue at 2am in the morning or at least teach them how to take those corners without smashing into a tree!

Now I am confusing my own thread with another…….

I think the consensus is Adventure Playground at Kambah. Thanks everyone.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 5:31 pm 26 Mar 08

Outside is dangerous – all children should remain inside until they’re at least 25.

Buy a Play Station or X-Box.

RandomGit RandomGit 1:55 pm 26 Mar 08

Tidbinbilla is great, just way way out of town in the mountains. Slightly closer is the playground at Cotter Dam.

I also recommend the Adventure park in Kambah and at Yerrabi pond in Gunghalin.

Swaggie Swaggie 12:31 pm 26 Mar 08

Makes you wonder, if a needle exchange programme really meant ‘exchange’ if needles would be dropped so readily? (veering off topic)

illyria illyria 12:20 pm 26 Mar 08

Tanbark and a park bench are good for the junkies. It gives them somewhere to sit while they shoot up and then they can drop thier needle into the tan bark. The ACT Govt were only thinking about the kiddies when they removed the play equipment. If it was left there, they might land on one of the used needles and somebody might sue.

Deano Deano 12:01 pm 26 Mar 08

Even our tiny local park has had all of its swings, slide and roundabout removed because they were deemed to be unsafe. All we are left with is a park bench and some pine bark – safe but not a lot of fun.

I wonder if there is a link between this and the other threads on teenage drivers? I know I learnt my appreciation risk and its consequences on playground equipment that would make any OH&S officer shudder. Nature can be a painful teacher but it is better to learn those lessons early when the impact is not so high.

mutley...again mutley...again 11:17 am 26 Mar 08

He fell on his head at an adventure playground

illyria illyria 9:50 am 26 Mar 08

Astrojax – you are an idiot. What has made you like this? Was it your own childhood experiences? Didn’t your parents ever take you to the park? Maybe it was your mother (It is always the mother!). Didn’t she like you? Were you not breastfed? Were you breastfed too long!!

andym andym 9:46 am 26 Mar 08

imarty said :

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?

Its inside Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. First turn right after passing the buildings at the front gate….maybe 1 – 1.5 km down the road.

LG LG 8:52 am 26 Mar 08

Not the set near my place – was vandalised over Christmas (lost the fort/slide/pole thing, one swing and half the seesaw). I’m starting to wonder if they’re going to replace it…

Thumper Thumper 8:08 am 26 Mar 08

Isn’t it a pity that all those great playgrounds have been left to go to ruin. Especially the Weston Park ponds, they were fabulous when I was a kid, and the train that used to run around there was awesome as well.

Does one suspect that kids these days are being let down by governments (of all persuasions) who put dollars before anything else?

Sad, very sad….

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