Cruickshank Reserve | Review
A lovely shady park with plenty to do for children of all ages
Nestled in a lovely leafy intersection in Maylands is Cruickshank Reserve. It’s on the corner of Clifton and Phillis St, just across from the Maylands Hotel. The Cruickshank Reserve playground has always been a favourite of ours due to the range of playground equipment. There’s enough to keep kids of all ages happily playing. With a bit of spare time, and some energy to burn off we decided to pay it a visit one warm summer’s day.
We have sometimes found this playground busy as it’s popular for birthday parties and picnics, but on our latest visit it was very quiet and peaceful. It is such a tranquil setting with pleasant views, lots of grass and trees and some park benches scattered about the place.
It’s not the biggest playground but there is a good variety of play equipment with challenges for all ages.
There is a main play structure which has heaps of different activities within it:
- a double slide
- a floating bridge
- a little climbing wall
- a staircase
- a corkscrew shaped fireman’s pole
- a suspended merry-go-round type thing which you hang on to as it spins around – always a highlight with the older Play & Go kids
- a four-way seesaw; and
- a rope climbing structure
What’s on offer at Cruickshank Reserve for little kids and toddlers
There are also some great activities for littler kids and toddlers including:
- a pretend shop window
- colourful plastic balls which you spin around with your hands
- two swings including a toddler swing
- a small rocking dolphin; and
- suspended ‘tightropes’ which are not far off the ground.
While the park is open to the street, the playground is fully fenced. Because there’s a low level of traffic on the streets surrounding the park, we think it’s relatively safe for little children.
One small thing to be aware of is that, like at many playgrounds, toddlers and littler children who are adventurous climbers may find themselves right at the top of the larger play equipment. There are a few drops and a wobbly suspended bridge that proved very attractive to my small person, but luckily there are handrails at an appropriate height and the surfaces of the play structure have grooves in them for extra grip. And that rubber ground surface below looks reasonably forgiving – fingers crossed!
There are lovely shady areas within the park to enjoy picnics and the playground itself is protected by a couple of large shade sails. There are also shades over the large aerial structure. Our latest visit was in the middle of a summer’s day and the playground was mostly in shade. There were just a few pieces of play equipment that were in the sun.
Tennis and netball courts
Just next to the playground are tennis and netball courts. Cruickshank Reserve is the home to St Peters Tennis Club and you can book the courts if you contact the tennis club directly. There are also games of netball played here.
Food and drink
Cruickshank Reserve is a lovely spot for a picnic, a barbecue or a birthday party as grown-ups can cook and chat knowing that the children are playing inside the fenced playground. There are two large picnic tables and two barbecues available for use.
Maylands Hotel and nearby food options
Alternatively there is the Maylands Hotel across the road which is a beautiful 1880s heritage building. We’ve not been lately but we understand that it has undergone recent revnoations and that it offers a kids’ menu (including such culinary delights as banana split and Frog in The Pond; as well as a Sunday lunch menu).
Kids eat free on Sundays – Wednesdays according to their website (as at February 2017, terms and conditions apply).
Otherwise, it’s a hop, skip and a jump to coffee and food options on Magill Road for instance Zero Pizzeria or Burger Foundry (we understand they do deliveries).
Parking during the middle of the week was super easy and there were plenty of parks in the shade just next to the playground.
On the weekends it might be a little trickier as just next to the playground are tennis and netball courts.
There is a small block of toilets but no baby change facilities.
Cnr Clifton & Phillis St, Maylands | Google map
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