Keith Stephenson Park Playground | Mount Barker | Review

Exploring Keith Stephenson Park Playground in Mount Barker.

A newly updated playground offers it all – fully fenced, accessible equipment, lots of nature play, plenty of shade and toilets nearby.

Review by Claire Davill

The playground at Keith Stephenson Park sits in the large, lush green reserve along Western Flat Creek, close to the centre of Mount Barker. There’s plenty of off-street parking, picnic shelters, and stroller-friendly paths to the playground.

Only one feature remains from the old playground – the large climbing net. Everything else is brand new, with a “creatures of the creek” theme. You’ll see frogs and turtles, a rakali (native water rat), and plenty of information plaques about the creatures the sculptures are based on.

The centrepiece is a huge long-necked turtle, with climbing holds all over. Perfect for climbing and clambering, and taking great pictures!

You’ll also find a banjo frog statue and a Rakali climbing frame which is perfect for younger kids. Very small kids can even climb inside if they’re nimble enough. There are turtle shaped tongue drums in the nature play area as well.

There is a soft fall hill with two small slides and a bouldering wall next to the giant turtle. The bike track that borders the playground rises up and over the top of the hill as well, creating a challenging path with both sealed and unsealed sections.

There is an accessible merry go round and in-ground trampoline in the soft fall area, as well as a basket swing and toddler/regular swings.

The nature play area includes a small rocky creek, sandpit with water taps, stepping stones and balance logs, arches, a campfire teepee and the turtle shaped tongue drums.

The main playground equipment is nicely shaded with shade sails, and there is a lot of natural shade here too. There is a large toilet block nearby, across the lawn from the fenced playground area. The car park is accessed from Flaxley Road, across the road from Mount Barker High School.


Flaxley Road, Mount Barker


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