Cragieburn ANZAC Park

Craigieburn ANZAC Park is a large scale parkland in Melbourne’s north and it’s the site of Melbourne’s newest accessible play space developed in conjunction with Touched by Olivia Foundation.

‘Livvi’s Place’ is a spacious, fully fenced play space designed so that children with disabilities can still use much of the equipment, with fully accessible paths and appropriate equipment.

Cragieburn ANZAC Park

Baby 2.0 loves spinning the accessible carousel…

Cragieburn ANZAC Park

….discovering the different speaking tubes…

Cragieburn ANZAC Park

….and there’s even an open-ended cubby house.

Cragieburn ANZAC Park

While there’s landscaping throughout the park there’s a small patch with nature-inspired play, with logs and rocks for climbing and balancing.

Cragieburn ANZAC Park

I really like the musical elements – the xylophone and percussive pipes – which produce a sonorous and melodious sound rather than a clangy clatter.

Cragieburn ANZAC Park

The water play is a turning tap leading to a small stream but a large water table with cascading falls of water is being installed as we speak.

Cragieburn ANZAC Park

The water trickles along next to the sand play area with a digger which benefits from a little bit of shade depending on the time of day. 

Cragieburn ANZAC Park

There are several swings – a few in a semi-circle facing each other and an accessible swing.

More challenging equipment includes the small ropes course and rock climbing hillock in the centre of the park.

The playground is not shaded but within the fenced area there are shaded picnic benches and seating, an unsheltered BBQ area and water taps. The designers have been intelligent with their slides and not used potentially hot metal or plastic but cool concrete instead.

Outside the fence you’ll find the toilets. 

Craigieburn ANZAC Park is also the site of the soon-to-open Splash Aqua Park and Leisure Centre (slated for July 2017), the Athletics field and across the road from the Hume Global Learning Centre (one of Melbourne’s best libraries) and Craigieburn Central shopping centre. The ANZAC reference comes from the war memorial nearby.

Craigieburn ANZAC Park is a well-designed play space with enough equipment to spend a half day there. I like some of the more unique elements and of course it’s great to add another accessible playground to the list.

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HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for toddlers;
  • Suitable for older kids;
  • Fully fenced;
  • Sheltered picnic tables and unsheltered BBQs;
  • Public toilets outside the fence;
  • Water tap;
  • Free parking; and
  • Located near Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn and Craigieburn Central shopping centre

Livvi’s Place, Craigieburn ANZAC Park, cnr Aitken Boulevard and Central Park Ave, Craigieburn

 

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