Roy Marten Reserve Playground | Taperoo | City of Port Adelaide Enfield | Review

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Roy Marten Reserve Playground at Taperoo (near Port Adelaide)

Military Road & Wandana Terrace, Taperoo (car park and entrance on Military Road)

Review by Baby and Toddler Destinations Adelaide and Play & Go Adelaide

The Roy Marten Reserve, near Port Adelaide, has just had a $3.7M redevelopment and the new play space has officially opened in August 2018. The spacious reserve includes a new playground, two enclosed dog parks, landscaping, large grass areas, bbqs & shelters, toilet, car parking and more.

The team at Baby & Toddler Destinations Adelaide have shared below their thoughts on the new playground, giving their perspective on the suitability for little ones. Scroll down further for more pics from our visit a few days later with more info.

Incredible New Playground. Perfect for all ages.

This new playspace is absolutely awesome, with something for every age group –  no one has been forgotten about.  There is a massive amount of room to run and play in.

Why is it great?

They have used the space really well. There are several different playground areas. Toddler Playground under shade sails: This is fantastic and has a ship for toddlers to navigate. They might need some help to get up to the deck. The slide is little and great.

Playground Features 

  • Bouncy toys
  • Face to face swing – these are absolutely wonderful.
  • Enclosed baby swing and normal kids swing on squishy asphalt.
  • Big kids tower and slide. It has two towers, with an enclosed bridge from one to the other and a big metal curly slide.
  • Water trays, pump and sandpit with digger. 
  • Little people hills with bridge and slide – our kids all loved this and enjoyed the challenge of getting over the bridge. 
  • Younger kids’ climbing tower – on the entry side of the playground is a climbing frame that is great for younger climbers, ours had a bit of help but the tower allowed for them to go only as high as they felt comfortable with. 
  • Two hammock swings and bouncy spinner 
  • Big kids swing. This is quite crazy and our little testers were very brave testing their limits on this standing swing for older kids. One side has a standing section and the other is a bar to hold on to.  Thankfully it is well away from the smaller kids sections as it is not suitable for younger children.
  • Curved wall climbing frame – this is fantastic for kids who do not like being up too high.
  • Trampolines – there are 2 separate groups of trampolines, three in circles and a separate area with lots of smaller trampolines in different shapes. 

Amenities

  • Shaded picnic areas throughout the park, we counted 6! (all with BBQS and tables) 
  • Toilets
  • Basketball courts
  • Huge area of lawn to run around or kick a ball on
  • 2 enclosed dog parks – one for big dogs and one for small dogs
  • Drinking fountains
  • Car park at Military Road entrance

Things to consider

The park is partially enclosed by a small fence only. We did not find this an issue as the park itself is MASSIVE and the bigger problem for us on the day was that all of the kids went in different directions. Also, the playgrounds themselves are quite safe. If you have runners or more than one child, you might found what we found – it can be really hard to see people. This is not the park’s fault, just a note.

Read their original review on the Baby & Toddler Destinations Adelaide’s Facebook page here.

PLAY & GO PLAYGROUND REVIEW

The playspace is very spacious with equipment spread out so it can accommodate many visitors at the one time. There are certainly some “Wow” pieces of equipment which will impress the kids as soon they arrive. We love that there is something for everyone with play equipment suiting various ages, from toddlers to teens.

A closer look at some of the playground features:

roy marten playground taperoo

This tall twin tower structure is a hit with the older kids. There’s plenty of scope for imagination and navigating skills as the kids work out the best way to climb up the nets to the top, and the brave ones can cross over to the other side. It’s a very clever design with openings at each level at different corners, so it’s not possible for a child to fall from the top to the bottom. The netting is fairly close together too.

Older kids will also enjoy the roundabout swing below. You may be familiar with the similar one at the South Terrace Glover playground. The 10 year olds needed help with this. While one person stands on the end with the bar and step, you will need to swing them over to the other side for the other person to reach the handle to hold onto the other end. They may need some help to get some momentum. It can swing around pretty quickly with some force and the person holding onto the handle needs to be able to hold their weight on their own while swinging through the air. It’s not for the timid. Be careful not to stand too close or you’ll be knocked out.

There are all different types of swings – here are the two basket swings below.

Pictured below is the dual face to face swing. Perfect for swinging together with your toddler or swinging two kids at once. Notice in the picture below how the playground is not fully fenced. Please be aware that the little kids play area is closest to the car park.

For the younger kids there are plenty of mounds to climb and this rope bridge below leading to a smaller slide.

A large sand pit area with water play is covered with shade sails, which will be appreciated when the weather is warmer.

The water troughs have parts which open and close allowing water to flow or build up, and encourage some co-operative play amongst the kids.

Just turn this wheel to pump the water through.

Another water pump is situated nearby. If you’re worried about the kids getting sandy and wet, take along a spare pair of clothes and towel.

More sand pit area with two sit-on sand diggers below. Take along some buckets and spades if your kids like to play in the sand.

The toddlers playground is a very cute ship theme with plenty of interesting bits and pieces to keep them happy. There are bark chips so be aware if your child likes to put things in their mouth. As mentioned above, this play area is right next to the car park and is not fully fenced.

More swings below for little ones.

The climbing frame below is great for smaller kids who want a challenge, or older kids. With baskets at various heights it will suit kids of different ages – they can decide how high they would like to go, and challenge themselves each time.

The two sets of in-ground trampolines are fun for bouncing.

Below you can also see the fabulous new basketball court.

roy marten basketball court

There are plenty of spots for sitting, or picnics, dotted all around the playground as well as sheltered bbq areas.

The wide pathway running in the middle of the playspace is smooth and perfect for scooters and little bikes, with a path that goes around the reserve for riding on too.

Adjacent to the playground is a huge grassy area and off to the side are the two dog parks. Take a ball for kicking or games.

TENT LINE SCULPTURES

This is a public art work by the ABC – D’art Team 2018 – Will Hendricks.

These sculptures were inspired by the term ‘tent line’, the name used to describe the duty roster at the Largs Bay Holiday Camp. Each day men from a designated line of tents were rostered to carry out a range of heavy chores, including carting water, chopping wood, lighting fires and generally keeping the tent sites tidy. This distant memory of a by-gone era is expressed through Tent Line. As you view the sculptural forms from different angles, you will experience glimpses of the former Tent City.

The sculptures are not designed to be climbed on.

As mentioned, the playground is spacious and spread out. While there is plenty of space for everyone, it does mean that it may be hard to supervise several kids at once, especially if they are various ages and wanting to play on different equipment that are nowhere near each other. On the weekends, especially when the park is busy, and if you have little ones, it may be easier to supervise if you have another adult to help.

The Roy Marten Playground is one of our top Adelaide playgrounds. It’s a must visit for locals, and if you happen to be in the Taperoo/Port Adelaide area. We think it’s worth visiting even if you don’t live nearby – there are great facilities and plenty for the kids to do that you can easily spend hours here. Port Adelaide is only a few minutes away where you can visit cafes, pubs, the Maritime Museum, National Railway Museum, SA Aviation Musuem, the lighthouse, spot dolphins in the river, play at Hart’s Mill playground, wander the streets to check out the huge wall art, and more. It’s also near Semaphore Beach, another great spot to visit with cafes and of course the beach to play.

Find out about our other Top Parks & Playgrounds and see more reviews here.

Or check out our Best Playgrounds for Toddlers here.





For more information and all enquiries about this park please visit the City of Port Adelaide Enfield website.

What: Roy Marten Playground

WhenOpened August 2018

Where:  Wandana Tce & Military Rd (car park and entrance on Military Rd), Taperoo {near Port Adelaide}. It’s located right next to the Fort Largs Police Academy.

Who: All ages

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Baby and Toddler Destinations Adelaide 2018

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