Armstrong Reserve, Newport

Located:

The park, affectionately known as The Octopus Park, is another recently upgraded Hobsons Bay park. The space is located alongside Wilkins Street, and this playground holds fond memories as I grew up and lived opposite this park for 18 years. It is nice to be able to bring my kids for a play here. 
The playspace has been upgraded, and there is an amazing shelter with tables, a giant octopus to crawl through and over and an epic net climbing structure. There is also an expression swing, and the kids simply couldn’t get away from the spinning carousel. 

 

Equipment:

  • swings
  • expression swing
  • spider web swing
  • octopus
  • fish rockers
  • spinning carousel
  • see saw
  • rope climbing structure
  • stand alone slide
  • Timber climbing structure (not suitable for toddlers)
    • slide, rope ladders

Mossfiel Reserve, Hoppers Crossing

Located:
Back in the day, when we could actually go shopping at Pacific Werribee, on the drive home, I would always catch a playground out of the corner of my eye. I finally found a spare weekend, the weather was ok, so I thought I’d finally head out and investigate. Just checked the date on the photos – these are from January 2020!
I remember reading that Mossfiel Reserve had had an upgrade, so I’m not sure of what this looked like previously. The playground sits between the football fields and the netball courts.

 

 

Equipment:

  • Large climbing rope structure
  • spinning elements
  • in ground trampolines
  • 3 swings – infant seat and fully harnessed all abilities seat
  • large, elevated path, that leads to a slide and rocks. Tunnels built into the underside
  • slide
  • boarders several ovals, netball courts

 

 

Waldorf Avenue Playground, Point Cook

Located:

This playground, located on Waldorf Avenue and Crotona Way, is a small neighbourhood playground. The playground borders the wetlands, and there is temporary fences along one side, where housing construction looks due to start. This one was ok for Jack to burn off some energy, but I didn’t bother getting Lexi out of the pram as there was nothing for her to do (she’s currently 12 months  old and isn’t walking).

 

Equipment:

  • 2 tree-house designed pods, linked together by a moving timber/rope bridge
    • 1 slide 
    • 1 rope ladder
    • 1 fixed timber ladder
  • timber stepping pathway around the area
  • sheltered cover, with seats and tables
  • water tap

Jack liked:

The slide, and jumping along the timber stepping path, however, he lost interest quite fast, once he had done a few laps.