Apex Park Playground, on Burbridge Road, West Beach
The Apex Park Playground has always been a popular one and is one of our Top Playgrounds around Adelaide.
The Apex playground ticks all the boxes with being fully enclosed, has shade, something fun for different ages and has toilets. Apex Park which the playground is situated in has just had an upgrade and the playground was re-opened in December 2019.
Stage 1 of this upgrade is now complete. The redevelopment by the City of West Torrens aimed to help improve the versatility of the site, as well as safety and amenity. There was also the desire to enhance the natural environment.
Elements of Stage 1 include:
- earthworks to modify site levels
- construction of a new community building
- construction of a horse arena and associated sheds and bridle track
- new car parks and access roads
- a new path network and retaining walls around the southern perimeter of the wetland
- a new duck pond with boardwalk and water recirculation system
- shelters and barbecues
- resurfaced and re-purposed tennis courts
- new basketball court
- new irrigated lawn.
The playground has plenty to keep the kids busy with a large play structure under a huge shade cover consisting of different climbing options and 3 slides.
There’s a rope climber that whizzes around above and a roundabout below for more whizzing fun.
A new tube slide has been added to a corner of the playground.
A small clear two sided rock climbing wall is great for younger kids to climb with a friend.
Two mini trampolines are great for bouncing.
A basket swing in the corner gives you a view over to the duck pond area.
The other basket swing below is one that swings 360 degrees around.
The tennis courts have been resurfaced and there’s a new basketball court.
Being on Burbridge Road, you are pretty close to the airport so the playground is great for plane spotting. You’ll get planes roaring over the playground like this one below.
The new duck pond and boardwalk is a great space to explore.
The signage at the duck pond reminds us not to feed the ducks bread. It’s important to adhere to this rule to keep the ducks healthy. The signage explains why below.
“Bread makes us ill as it does not contain the right nutrition or calories that we need to keep us warm in winter.
Rotting bread also pollutes our water and causes nasty surface algae, which kills our fish and gives us diseases. It also makes our water smell. ”
Here are alternatives to bread which you can feed to ducks:
- seedless grapes (cut in half)
- cooked rice
- birdseed (any type mix)
- peas and corn
- chopped lettuce
Ongoing works will still occur during the coming years, including additional tree planting to create more shade and cover.
The Lockleys Guides and Scouts SA will share a licence for the new community facility right beside the playground, however it is also expected to be available for community use/hire in the future. The brand new community building overlooks the playground area so would be great for large family functions with kids. This is where you’ll find toilets.
Find out more about the redevelopment on the City of West Torrens website here.
Apex Park is just a few minutes drive from West Beach and Henley Beach where there are plenty of eateries. It’s also close to Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre and West Beach Parks Resort and Holiday Park.
Where: Burbridge Road, West Beach (extension of Sir Donald Bradman Drive)
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