A cool new playground in a growing southern suburb.
I haven’t lived in the City of Cockburn for almost two years, but even in that short time I have seen lots of changes happening to the suburbs, including lots of new parks popping up!
My children and I visited a lovely new playground in the growing suburb of Cockburn Central. The park, known simply as Cockburn Central Park, is located in an area that I believe was previously in the Jandakot zone, but appears to have expanded since we moved.
The park is located just off on Colt Entrance, just off Muriel Court, not too far past the Cockburn Central Goodstart Early Learning Centre. There is lots of housing going up in the surrounding streets, so I expect it will be a popular little park in years to come.
My 2.5 year old is obsessed with swings, so naturally she headed straight for those. As there isn’t a toddler seat with a back and seatbelt, I convinced her to move along to the birds nest swing instead. She discovered plenty to do along the way too!
At the heart of the playground is a play structure for older kids, rather than toddlers. There are several ways to get to the top, including via horizontal, uneven timber posts the kids can climb up, plus a ‘rock climbing’ style wall and a rope ladder.
My youngest had trouble navigating them all, while the oldest only managed to climb up via the rope ladder, so be sure to keep an eye on curious little toddlers trying to get up to the top! There is also a big slide to get back down to the bottom again, but this was a bit dark and scary for my two.
The park also has a smaller, cubby-house style play structure with a slide for younger children.
The playground offers plenty of things to explore, including a set of playground ‘speaking tubes’, which my oldest daughter just loved! You and your child can each stand next to one of the tubes and speak to each other from opposite sides of the park.
Cockburn Central Park has a lovely picnic area with undercover tables and benches, plus a couple of barbeques.
Next to the picnic area is an outdoor ping pong table (bring your own paddles and balls!) plus a basketball court, which should be a popular spot for older kids in the area.
You will also find a water fountain, rubbish bins and a couple of bike racks. The only drawback to the park is the lack of toilets. The nearest would be at the petrol stations along North Lake Road, or at the South Lake Shopping Centre on Berrigan Drive.
My children had a lovely afternoon at Cockburn Central Park, and we will certainly visit again the next time we are in the area. It will definitely be a great addition to this growing area for local families.
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Cockburn Central Park Colt Entrance, off Murial Court, Cockburn Central
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