Some of you will remember this used to be a quirky old playground hidden behind a giant brick wall with hand painted equipment and gorgeous drooping trees to climb on. We used to play here after kinder (Lady Forster Kinder is next door) all the time and grab pizzas from the now long-gone La Porchetta. But the wall was collapsing and council deemed the equipment unsafe (it was fun but this was hardly surprising). Sadly the pizza shop lies empty as well.

Shaded by stunning She-oak trees, a brand new park has just arisen, and it’s nice that they have put in such a natural looking play structure and ground cover in line with the beautiful nature of the trees and nearby beach.

But be warned, this play structure is not for kids too young. There are huge gaps between the rope bridge and other areas, so supervision is a must. It features a climbing wall, slide, bridge, unusual climbing ladder, and sky high beams to manoeuvre across. There is a separate slide for toddlers with lots of wooden stepping stones as well as a dry creek bed and sand pit to play in. 

Of course Elwood Beach is right next door so bring your togs for a swim or a scooter for some bike track action. My tip, grab some lunch at Elwood Bathers afterwards or head up to Ormond Road for coffee and food!   

63 Ormond Esplanade, Elwood

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