Barkly Gardens is a beautiful green 19th Century oasis in the heart of residential Richmond. Having received a major facelift just last year, this park is popular and is available for event hire. The adventure playground includes some exciting new play equipment for children of all ages and abilities. For the younger ones, there are two small structures with steps and various climbing apparatuses and slides. From a safety perspective, the ground surfaces are of the soft, impact-absorbing type, and the large sandpit is fully shaded from the sun.
All children can enjoy swinging on either the double swings or on the giant bird’s next swing. For the older thrill-seeking kids there is an Aeroskate, which is a type of glider where the user riding on the footboard swings their body from side to side along the rail. The giant frame net is the ideal place to practice balance and coordination skills (although not great for nervous parents!), and then experience the excitement of whizzing down the long tube slide.
The park provides every amenity you would need for a day out. With ample seating and tables, BBQs, a pavilion if the weather turns bad, drinking fountains, a soccer ground, on-street parking, clean toilets, an ANZAC memorial, a dog off-leash area…and an abundance of grassy picnic spots in the lush shaded surrounds.
Mary St, Richmond