The state of the art Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ARC) has now opened, and it has a funky little playground located within its grounds.
Living close to the ARC complex, I’d seen part of the climbing frame peeking out from the fences and this week finally got around to taking my two year old for a play.
Playgrounds are becoming increasingly different from the simple structures I grew up playing on. One of the standout features of the ARC playground is a rock-climbing wall, complete with bell at the top to signal that the wall has been conquered. It’s fairly short in height but it’s stretched far along the back wall, meaning lots of kids can have a go at once, although they won’t be able to ring the bell all at once.
At the centre of the playground is a tall rope-based structure, with different heights suitable for younger and older kids, plus lots of lovely soft sand at the bottom in case of little falls.
There is nature play, an unstable bridge for balancing and a tripod swing.
Another highlight of the playground is the racing slides, although toddlers may need some help with getting to the top to get down the slide. The ‘steps’ are uneven and proved somewhat a challenge for a toddler. There are log steps plus a step of wooden, more even steps to the side.
Behind the slides is another rope net climbing structure, plus a tunnel that leads underneath the slides.
The playground has shaded picnic tables and barbecue facilities. There are no toilets at the playground, although there are restrooms located at the ARC, which is a short walk away. There is street parking, along with parking at the ARC. There isn’t a huge deal of shade, so wear sunscreen and a hat.
Another bonus for parents is that there is a café at the ARC, and a number of cafes and restaurants in Cockburn Central.
This small but exciting playground is certainly worth a look, especially for kids who just love to climb.
Essential Information Cockburn ARC Playground
Veterans Parade, Cockburn Central
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