Royal Lockwood Reserve is a new fenced playground that has opened in Yokine as of the end of November 2017. It is a great mix of nature play and traditional play equipment.
On entering the gate, to the right we found some balancing logs, stepping logs and a wooden teepee. This is surrounded a thick bed of wood chips and by natural shade trees, which were retained from the original lot that was here before the playground was created.
Following the footpath down, the centre of the playground features a large sandpit with fine white sand and traditional style equipment. The main structure has two slides of different heights, one straight and one curved.
The higher level has a steering wheel and a fireman’s pole, and the base has a shop, all for imaginative play, and a counting game tucked away in the shade under the taller slide.
Attached to this play structure is a set of monkey bars and a flying fox. Perfect for bigger kids!
Standing separate in the sand is a spring rocker and a swing set with a toddler swing and a regular swing. The swings were a hit with Miss 3, as always.
To the left of the playground, we are hopscotch squares and a down-ball court. The hopscotch squares were Miss 3’s favourite part of the playground.
Adjacent to the hopscotch there is a picnic area. This features two park benches and a picnic table with bench seating. At the centre of this area are a group of young gum trees. These are maybe just a metre and a half tall now, but will soon grow up to shade this whole area.
This is the case for much of the playground at this stage. Many of the trees are young, with more established trees lining the fence of the park, but the young ones will one day provide lots of shade across most of the paths, seating and play equipment. The main structures in the centre playground are currently not shaded, but hopefully the City of Stirling will install shade sails in future.
Circling the playground is a footpath which branches off to both gates. This loop would be perfect for kids to bring along their bike or scooter and do some laps in between playing. It would be a great spot for little learner riders in particular.
The fact this playground is fenced off from busy Royal Street is reassuring for those of us with kids who tend to wander and explore. Here, Miss 3 was able to explore all over the playground in safety.
Why not combine your visit to Royal Lockwood Reserve with a stop at Mid-Century Cafe and Collectables for coffee or lunch? This quirky retro-style cafe is a short 5 minute drive away, and features a fun indoor play corner for the kids.
Royal Lockwood Reserve
Located on the corner of Royal and Lockwood Streets in Yokine. Free parking is available on Lockwood Street.
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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
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