Have you been to the most anticipated park of 2017 yet? We live around the corner and were lucky enough to spend a sunny day there last week, when the city of Glen Eira took the fences down and let everyone in to play!
We have been waiting since the beginning of last year for this park to open, but walking past I was increasingly worried about the huge structures that were being built and whether it may be a little bit old for my children (3 and 1). But having been there I can tell you there is something there for all ages and my two had an absolute ball!
When you are inside the park, it's like a little city, we were there for a few hours and didn't manage to explore all the areas and ways to play. What I was surprised by, which you can't see from the outside, is the amount of grassed areas and plenty of shaded seating for families and friends to gather. There are also 2 bbq areas that will be available for hire for functions.
Being a nice warm autumn day we spent quite some time in the water play area. With one central fountain and lots of small fountains on timers, it was a perfect place to spend a warm afternoon. The area has platforms for jumping on and off and channels of water to run and splash in. The water theme continues in other areas of the park, with pumps and streams, as this was an old water reservoir. Some original features remain.
Another hit for my Miss 3 was the flying fox. There is actually two 10 or so metre long flying foxes, one with a seat and buckle and a poma type seat. Once again, I was concerned that this may be for older kids, but plenty of pre-schoolers were involved, as well as bigger kids who were waiting in line for their turn.
The huge climbing dome is probably the highlight of the park, I have never seen anything like it, and it was teaming with kids! The dome is made of climbing netting and reaches 10 metres high. I can't wait to climb up there with Miss 3 when I have a spare pair of hands. The way down from the dome is via a long spiral slide.
Image c/o Glen Eira City Council
Also close by to the flying fox is a tennis and basketball court, a sand play area. There are also slides and swings dotted throughout the park. There is so much that we didn't get to see all of it, and my Miss 3 is busting to go again; we cant wait to explore again.
Booran Reserve is located on the corner of Glenhuntly and Booran Roads, Glenhuntly. There is limited parking available on surrounding streets, but as this park has been so well anticipated there it is quite busy. I would suggest catching the tram down, or the train to Glenhuntly station (300m walk).
There are a couple of good cafes nearby for your coffee fix,and a Woolworths for any last minute supplies.
Agree, this place is amazing. We also live very close by.
The one issue I found was lack of gates. It's on a very busy road and I was reluctant to let my Mr.3 roam alone as I was worried he may go to the road.
Other than that, the park kept us entertained for a good 4 hours. This is now our local, so we will spend many a day here.
We just went back today and there were so many people saying the same thing. Especially as there are so many people and kids there at the moment, you literally cannot take your eyes off your kids for 1 second.