So here they are, my top 5 local kids parks and playground. What do you think, have I got it right? Do you have a favourite that I’ve missed? Love to know your thoughts.
1. Yokine Play Space, Yokine. This purpose built and fully fenced playground with a naturalistic theme has BBQs, plenty of room for the kids to play, is adjacent to the Yokine Reserve if the bigger ones need to run further, ride bikes or kick a footy, and has a lots of shade and great play equipment to boot. Pardon the pun it was a stirling (sic) effort by the City and has become one of the most popular playgrounds in the local area. Ooh – there’s a coffee van in the adjacent carpark too.
2. With its lakes, shade, bbqs, playgrounds and water fountains, Hyde Park, on the cnr of Vincent and William Sts in Perth would have to be one of the number one local choices as a venue for birthday parties, weekend family picnics and after school play dates. A fantastic place to have an early takeaway dinner on a hot summer evening. Perennial host to the ever popular Hyde Park Fair and one of a select number of venues for the City of Vincent summer concert events. Grab a take-away coffee from Chu on the corner of William & Lincoln Streets or Boo Espresso on Bulwer Street on the way if you’re looking for a brew. Oh – don’t let the kids go to the toilet here (or any of the parks for that matter) unaccompanied as the park can get an odd assortment of visitors.
3. Bert Wright Park Bayswater. Situated behind the library and community centre just off King William Street this park was upgraded a few years ago to include a pretty nature playground, basketball hoop, grassed area, and BBQ. And you’ve got a choice of two great coffee shops within a very sort stroll.
4. Riverside Gardens Bayswater. Fully fenced but with a dog park, bike paths, large expanses of lawn, the river and toilets nearby, it’s a wonderful place to take the kids and family to play on a weekend, after school or in the morning during the week for the little ones.
5. Last but by no means least is Macauley Park in Inglewood. With its BBQ facilities, shaded playground, large expanse of lawns, bike path and quiet, local setting, this is a popular park for weekend or early evening family gatherings as well as City of Stirling concert and community events. The toilets are a bit of a walk from the playground, again, I wouldn’t let your kids wander up there unaccompanied, and the closest cafe (Finlay & Sons) is a good 5 minute walk (you’ll need to bring your drinks with you), but the latter lack of convenience is more than made up for by the relaxed atmosphere and chilled out vibe that prevails here.
Other good options in the local area? The Auckland/Hobart Street Reserve in North Perth is directly across the road from the Hobart St Deli (say no more), Copley Park and Forrest Parks in Mount Lawley have good shaded playgrounds as well as lawns for the kids to play (and toilets), Banks Reserve in Mt Lawley, whilst it’s starting to look a little long in the tooth, has a gorgeous riverside setting as does Bardon Park in Maylands. Then there’s a host of other small, local playgrounds dotted throughout our suburbs in out of the way places, like Alma Road in Mt Lawley and Breckler Park in Dianella. And whilst it’s a bit further afield for some the Dianella Playspace just off Light Street has BBQ’s, a basketball court for the bigger kids, a lovely shaded space for the littlies and climbing wall.
Comment below if you think I’ve missed or any recommendations you have – cheers!