Ashdale Park is a lovely playground situated in Darch. The playground is located at the rear of Ashdale Primary, adjacent to a small pocket of bushland.
The playground here is partially shaded with shade sails. It is set well back from the road, down a pathway, so should be safe for little ones to play. The play equipment is a good mix for younger and older children.
The main play structure features two slides of different sizes. One low and bumpy, while the other is tall and straight, and quite a fast ride as my little Miss soon found! She loved the suspended balancing beam and the chain ladder which connects onto the main structure leading to the slides.
The playground is great for kids who like to climb. At the rear of the tall slide end, there is a plastic climbing wall, a fireman pole and some bars to climb or swing from. At the other end, there are traditional-style monkey bars and another lower climbing wall. There are also two flying foxes at this end. Great for entertaining older kids.
Separately in the sand, there is a spinning pole and a horse-shaped spring rocker. My little Miss liked playing on both.
For swing lovers, there is a toddler and a regular swing located under the shade sails. The swings are quite tall, so adventurous kids like mine can swing high.
Outside the sand, there are two wooden benches, one at either end. Perfect for relaxing while watching your little one burn off some energy.
Adjacent to the playground is a barbecue area. This has two barbecues, a water fountain, and a number of shades tables. This would make Ashdale Park ideal for family get togethers or small, casual birthday parties.
While exploring the barbecue area, we discovered what appear to be two handball/four square courts. A reminder of my high school days!
Behind the playground and barbecue area is a large oval. A good spot to kick a ball around or walk the dog.
There are paths that run around the oval and around the playground, which would be great for riding bikes or scooters. We followed one of these paths, exploring the park further, and came to a group of benches naturally shaded by trees.
Walking through here led us to a metal bridge across what appears to be a dried out waterway and some bushland. The metal rang out through this little gully as little Miss stomped across in her gumboots. She enjoyed this immensely! The pathway ran back up to the road and lead back to the street-side parking where we’d left the car.
Overall, Ashdale Park was a bit of a mini adventure for us. The playground would be suitable for kids aged from about 18 months onwards, with older kids probably more enjoying the climbing equipment and exploring the paths on bikes or scooters.
Ashdale Park is located on the corner of Westport Parade and Tullamore Drive in Darch, with the playground located opposite 21 Tullamore Drive.
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Holly Clark is currently a stay at home mum of one, a self-confessed coffee addict and a baker of sweet treats. She studied Professional Writing and Editing and occasionally writes on her recipe blog, Lucky Star's Kitchen