Helicopter Park | Glover North Playground | North Adelaide | Review

The Glover Playground North Adelaide, also known as ‘Helicopter Park’ by many, is an all-time favourite, and it’s recently (early 2024) had a spruce-up!

Updated review by Claire Davill

The playground refresh includes new soft fall, new swings, and a fresh coat of paint/repairs to many pieces of equipment. The old tree stump, with its animal carvings, unfortunately had to be removed.

Of course you will still find the red helicopter in the middle of the playground, which is a popular spot for the little ones to play.

There’s also this colourful little climbing frame with a small slide just right for toddlers.

And right next to it there’s a big sandpit with a ride-on digger, swings nearby, plus some bouncy ride-ons.

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The little car which has three rows of seats enables a whole crew to climb onboard.

Helicopter Park car 2

Helicopter Park car

There is this four-way see-saw bouncer and a small spider web climbing frame.

Helicopter Park 4 seater

Some brand new swings, with a basket swing, are located on the opposite side.

Older kids are catered for with this climbing frame below which includes clever ways of going up and down.

The large timber frame encourages climbing, swinging and lots of imaginative play with two lookouts, a slide and poles.

The spinning wheel below is always popular and I love that it encourages kids to interact and work things out together – stopping either for other kids to climb on, or for someone to get off if they’re scared or had enough; sorting out who’s going to hang on and who is going to push.

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There are bbq facilities and a few picnic tables and chairs, plus plenty of space to bring your own things if you are having a party or big get together.

helicopter park bbqs

Even with all the fun equipment, often the kids enjoy playing in the bushes, all around the park, just as much.

This is a fully-fenced playground so you can relax that they can’t wander too far. It’s also on the flight path so kids get to see planes roaring above every now and then too.

helicopter park bushes

There are some shady trees but no built sheltered areas. Thankfully there are toilet facilities.

Being in North Adelaide there are cafes on nearby O’Connell Street for coffee and food. Sometimes a coffee van may visit the park too. Parking can be found on Lefevre Terrace or in surrounding streets, but be aware that on Saturday mornings, there is a Parkrun held nearby, which can make finding a park difficult.

Helicopter Park is great for families with kids of varying age groups. There is plenty to keep them occupied. It’s not hard to see why it’s been a favourite place for birthdays, mother’s group catch ups, play dates or just a family outing. We’ve spent many hours here over the years.

Location:

North Glover Playspace – Lefevre Park/Nantu Wama (Park 6), Lefevre Terrace, North Adelaide

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2 Responses to “Helicopter Park | Glover North Playground | North Adelaide | Review”

  1. May 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    This is my kids all time fav park, they love it, even had there 5th and 1st (combined) party at this park.

  2. January 20, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    It will always be Steamroller Park to me! Does anyone know when the roller was taken away?

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