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Ballam Park Adventure Playground

by Lorraine A (follow)
On Saturday the boys were keen to go scooting at a local skate park, but my little girl was adamant that we were going to a playground "with swings!"....so after a few minutes of deliberation, we decided that we could do both of these things in the one place, if we headed to the newly revamped Ballam Park playground located between Frankston and Karingal.

Is this the biggest slide around?

After all, I had been meaning to review this playground for Melbourne Mums Group since the completion of the $1.1million dollar playground officially opened about a month ago.

Some of the reviews I read before visiting included: "Without a word of a lie, this is our new favourite playground." "The thought and detail that have gone into this park is amazing!" and "This Park was good before they changed it, I don't know what they were thinking!"

The original 'toddler' playground

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Admittedly I was a little bit sceptical of all the hype surrounding the opening of the new section of playground, and thought it was best to wait a few weeks for the crowds to disperse so that we could get a really good overview of the play space.

Overlooking the colourful new scooter track and basketball court.

First impressions were positive. It's bright, it's big, and there's so much to do and see! In fact, there are 2 huge playgrounds (one new, one original), a basketball court, scooting track, trampolines, rock climbing wall, flying foxes (although they couldn't be used when we visited), heaps of slides, climbing frames, a running track out the back and so much more!

Testing out the scooter track

The basketball court with scoot track around the perimeter.

I really like that there is plenty of green space for ball games and that everyone can enjoy a picnic on the lawns, or a BBQ under one of the shelters.

Lots of green space to play and picnic.

The good:
There's 30 hectares of open space for the kids to run and play
The variety of play equipment is fantastic
It has the biggest slide I've ever seen
You could easily spend hours here
Caters for most age groups
Love the in-ground trampolines
Parking is plentiful and free
Plenty of picnic tables and BBQ's

The in ground trampolines

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The not so good:
The design of the scooter track based around the perimeter of the basketball court is in my opinion an oversight by the planners. The Frankston City website states that the upgrade of the park was to cater for all ages, including teenagers. In reality this playground does cater for most age groups, but designing a scoot track for little kids (mostly toddlers) around the outside of a basketball court for 'older kids' is a disaster in my opinion. There were kids, basketballs, scooter and bikes coming from all directions and it was chaos!
Toilets are located a fair distance from either of the playgrounds

Overall I think it's a great playground despite the above mentioned issues and I think that most kids and adults will love it!

Net swing

The swings

Crossing the rope bridge

Location:260R Cranbourne Road, Frankston
Website: http://www.frankston.vic.gov.au/Things_To_Do/Parks_and_Reserves/Karingal/Ballam_Park

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