Six of the Best Fenced Playgrounds in the Melbourne Area
By: Katie Oliveira da Silveria, ellaslist
Taking the kids to the park may seem like a relatively straight forward task, but when you factor in more than one tenacious child, it can be a mammoth effort to keep track of them. That’s why we love fenced parks. It can be tough work finding a fenced park that the kids love, so we’ve helped you out. Here are six great fenced playgrounds in the Melbourne area – and they’re all free!
Knowing the kids are safely enclosed within a set area gives parents peace of mind that if they do a runner, they can’t be far away! Fenced parks are also great for keeping dogs out of the play area, particularly with younger tots and bubs about.
1. Dendy St Playground
Right near the corner of Nepean and Dendy St you’ll find Dendy St Playground, a contemporary, enclosed playground designed especially for younger kids, with a beachy vibe. With fabulous large shade sails and soft white sand underfoot, it’s a great park to whip off the kids’ shoes and let them play with abandon while you have a breather. The equipment is modern and safe for tots, and the surrounding areas facilitate barbecues and birthday parties, with seating and tables available within the enclosed area.
Where: Dendy St, Brighton East
2. Union St Reserve
This enclosed park has play and climbing equipment for younger and older kids, and it is fully fenced. Nearby seats are great for stopping for a snack, and there are ample grassy areas around to kick a ball or throw the frisbee. A huge drawcard of this playground is its proximity to the fabulous Cubbyhouse Canteen, which is a simple stroll away. So grab yourself a coffee at the canteen, and let the kids run it off in the enclosed playground – too easy.
Where: Stuart St, Armadale
3. Bicentennial Park Chelsea
Famed for its awesome yellow slides, Bicentennial Park is a fully-fenced and beautifully designed playground that the kids will want to return to time and time again. There is HEAPS to do at this one, with numerous pieces of modern equipment, and an enormous area to explore. Plenty of seating, barbecue areas, shaded areas, tables and toilets make Bicentennial Park a fabulous place to base the family for the afternoon.
Where: Thames Promenade & Scotch Parade, Chelsea
4. Geelong Play Space
Right next to the Geelong Botanic Gardens with views of Corio Bay, this park is well worth a visit. Your little buccaneers will love the pirate ship at this one; there are also tunnels, climbing walls, a sand pit, colourful stepping stones – among so much more. This award winner also includes a Liberty Swing for children in wheelchairs, the key for which can be collected at The National Wool Museum or the Carousel on the waterfront. There are seats and shaded areas around, as well as barbecue areas outside of the fenced zone – sausage sizzle anyone?
Where: Eastern Park Circuit, East Geelong
5. Gisborne Adventure Playground
In the stunning Macedon Ranges, under an hour from the CBD, you’ll find a little slice of heaven: the Gisborne Advenure Playground, which is not called an adventure park for nothing! Fully-fenced, this park has loads of awesome gear for the kids to explore: flying foxes, a climbing frame, and good equipment for toddlers. The park includes a barbecue area, seats and toilets. Put those adventure caps on, people!
Where: Brantome Ave, Gisborne
6. Markham Reserve
For a fantastic, large playground, fully-enclosed with loads of grassy goodness to enjoy, Markham Reserve in leafy Ashburton is a winner. The play equipment is many and varied, with climbing walls, monkey bars, swings, see-saws – and we have to mention the iconic carved kookaburras that overlook a small sandpit, one of several nature-inspired artistic elements to the park. Known as a five star playground for the sheer amount of activities and facilities, this is a park well worth stopping by. There is parking available as well as seating and toilets. It’s also very nearby to Chadstone Shopping Centre. Be sure to check this one out!
Where: 80 Victory Blvd, Ashburton