In the middle of Victoria Park along busy Albany Hwy you will find Read Park. It is a lovely green, shady park situated next to the Victoria Park Community garden. The play equipment has been situated away from the highway and one of the play areas is enclosed with a fence.
The area also has toilets, including an accessible toilet, drink fountain, rubbish bins and bench seats. There is street parking available on both Albany Highway and Salford Street – just check signs for any time limits and fees. There is also a free library box in the park if you wanted to take a book along to swap.
There are two play areas at Read Park, one is fully fenced, over sand and naturally shaded by the lovely big trees. The second is not shaded or fenced and is over soft fall surface. This one has lots more of climbing and balancing equipment including a moving rope bridge. There is a bench seat set up at one end of this playground which allows parents a seat while they supervise.
Miss 3 and a couple of others she was playing with seemed to enjoy using the equipment as an obstacle type course and tried to chase each other through as fast as they could. The moving bridge and balance beam gave them a good challenge.
There were some bars at the end that they were using to swing off. Once they had had enough of this equipment they moved onto the second playground.
This one is fully fenced but be aware there are two entrances and Miss 3 was able to open the gates herself. This one was the more traditional play equipment with swings (toddler and standard), fort type structure with slide, monkey bars, climbing wall and spiderweb rope climbing.
Miss 3 and the children she was playing with enjoyed most of the activities in playground except the monkey bars which they couldn’t reach and are a little young for. They used the area under the fort for a game of shop for a little while. They also seemed to enjoy the slide and climbing activities in this area.
Read Park is conveniently located near coffee/food shops, car yards and Victoria Park Central.
Read Park is located on the corner Albany Hwy and Salford Street.
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Claire Tondut is currently a stay-at-home mother of one daughter and a puppy. When she is not chasing little Miss around she loves to spend time with hubby, friends and family.
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