Avenue Road Reserve Cumberland Park – New Playground Upgrade June 2017
The City of Mitcham’s fun new playground upgrade means there’s something to interest all ages
Tucked away on a suburban street in Cumberland Park, this is a great place to go to let the kids run off steam. It’s a fabulous open space the whole family can enjoy and the playground here has just had an even more fabulous upgrade. Some of our little Play & Go playground reviewers took it through its paces – read on to find out what we thought about the new playground.
Located just off Goodwood Road to the south of Cross Road, Avenue Road Reserve has recently been upgraded by the City of Mitcham, and the new playground has something to keep kids of all ages busy.
The brand new play equipment is a welcome addition to the existing skate park and fitness equipment
The brightly coloured main structure is the first thing my kids saw as we arrived and they made a beeline for it. It’s a multi-storey climbing tower with a climbing wall, other climbing structures, and a small slide on the lower level.
Once you’re at the top there’s some good views over the reserve, and some peepholes which are good for playing pirates or spies.
Other play equipment
There is also a range of play areas and equipment at ground level including a seesaw, spider web rope climbing structure, a set of swings including a birds nest swing, monkey bars, a seesaw, a bouncy ride-on kangaroo and a nature play area.
What we love:
❤️ The main attraction here is the climbing tower, which older preschoolers and school aged kids will find fun. The toddler (who has no fear of heights) also enjoyed this, and I was relieved to find that once you got up past the first level the staircase and the upper levels were all enclosed. The toddler negotiated the slide without any dramas, too.
❤️ The skate park – come during the week and you may have it all to yourselves. BYO skateboard/bike/scooter. It’s great for beginner skaters.
❤️ The acoustics of the climbing tower. There was a lot of excitement when the kids worked out that you could stand at the top of the slide and
whisper shout down it and your voice would be projected out the other end. The steps and the landings were also marvellously acoustic when you ran up and down the stairs or jumped up and down on them.
❤️ Electric BBQ and picnic table.
❤️ The basketball ring and the oval are fun for older kids who want to practise their ball skills.
❤️ Leaping along the logs in the nature play area.
Things to consider:
❤️ There is some fencing around the edge of the reserve, but there is an opening so you’ll want to keep an eye on toddlers who like to roam. We’ve been told that a gate will be installed soon across the opening of the fence along the roadside. On one side of the playground there is the school oval, with no fencing between it, and the grass. Therefore it’s not fully enclosed as such.
❤️ There is currently no direct shade over the playground equipment but we’ve been told that there will be shade sails installed soon.
❤️ Unfortunately there are no toilets.
❤️ The skate park is only available for use within certain hours and children under 10 need to be supervised at all times – see the sign on the front fence for more safety info.
❤️ If your toddler or little person likes putting anything and everything in their mouth then you’ll want to keep an eye on the bark chips. Our kids had a great time gathering bark chips up and making little piles with them.
❤️ Confident toddlers will be able to climb up the tower, and there are a couple of spots where they could fall. If your toddler is a bit of a daredevil (like mine) and you’re happy to supervise from a (close) distance then you’ll probably enjoy this playground. You may have to climb up after them too – #leavethestilettosathome
Coffee and food nearby
When you’re done making mud pies or pretending to eat bark with your toddler then it’s a seven minute (600m) walk to Woolworths at Cumberland Park if you need to pick up provisions or a quick coffee, or it’s a three minute drive to one of our favourite cafes The Pantry on Egmont.
About Susannah: I’m a mum to three boys and a little girl and I am learning to embrace the chaos. I love my morning coffee, exercise, cranking up some good tunes on the stereo, and heading away to new places on holiday. Originally from New Zealand, I now call Adelaide home and I love getting out and about and exploring all the fabulous things for families to do in Adelaide.
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