Harmony Park is so big it actually consists of three different play areas – a skate park, a grassy area perfect for kicking a football and an awesome playground suitable for babies to older kids.
I think the most eye-catching aspect of the playground is that the wooden fort and bridges which make up the main play area are topped by onion domes. It’s an homage to the area’s Middle Eastern population and makes me wonder why there aren’t MORE onion dome playgrounds in multicultural Melbourne.
The ‘harmony’ theme continues in the bright and cheerful paintings of children of all different colours and ethnicities dotted around the playground.
It’s great to see kids in headscarves, kids with brown skin and Irish redheads all represented in a public space. Certainly my Eurasian children fit right in the melting pot!
The ‘harmony’ name also refers to various musical features in the park, such as…
…some rubber tyres that emit funny accordion-like sounds when you bounce on them…
…musical bells set into the wooden walkways, some foot pedals that make clanking noises and a mysterious spinning metal thing in the centre…
…a xylophone with rubber paddles.
The playground has natural shade thanks to some large eucalyptus trees and planted foliage plus there’s a sunshade over the sandpit.
The sandpit is a drawcard, with a hand-cranked conveyer belt, scoops and digger all creating a more out-of-the-box sand play experience (similar to the set up at Beaton Reserve).
Near the sandpit are the train engine with a double steering wheel front and back and metal levers and a rocking wave rider boat for pirate adventures
In terms of standard play equipment there are a few swings, a pyramid climbing frame, a toddler slide set into a soft fall mound, see saw and a mini metal swinging/climbing frame with some monkey bars, a flying fox, hanging disks and rope and chain traverse.
Other facilities include sheltered barbecue facilities, a picnic table and bench shelter and a nice grassy mound in the corner for picnics. There’s a water tap and toilets.
The skate park is also worth visiting if you have scooting, biking or skating kids. It’s a plaza-type street course with ledges, stairs and rails, a deep skate bowl and a mini ramp extension. It even has free wifi! It gets busier with teens after school and weekends as you’d expect.
Also note every Saturday the Coburg Farmers Market is held at Coburg North Primary School 8-1pm, which backs onto Harmony Park. So you can shop for seasonal produce, support local farmers and enjoy some playground fun!
- Suitable for toddlers;
- Suitable for older children;
- playground is unfenced but is quite far from the road;
- Water tap;
- Shaded barbecues, tables and benches;
- skate park busiest after school and weekends though some equipment might be suitable for kids;
- skate park has free wifi
- Free parking is available in carpark off Gaffney Street or nearby streets;
- Not particularly well served by public transport, approx 1km from Coburg train station;
- Coburg Farmers Market every 8-1pm at Coburg North Primary School, which backs onto Harmony Park. You’ll need to enter from the front entrance from O’Hea Street, there’s no direct route from Harmony Park.
- No cafe in the park, short walk to O’Heas Bakery and Deli and a short drive to Preston Food Truck Park, Ruby’s and The Eastern Bloc.
Harmony Park, 187-195 Gaffney St, Coburg North