Housing developers know that a fantastic playground is a drawcard and a showcase for the area. The newest one to open up is in Trueman Reserve Cranbourne West, as part of Clarinda Park development.
The spacious playground uses standard playground equipment to great effect. There’s a sunny colour scheme – red, yellow and orange – and enough equipment to engage younger and older kids.
For adventurous kids there are plenty of of opportunities for challenging physical play. The highlight is a tall web climbing frame which leads out into a long slide.
There’s also a large nest swing, climbing fort with a spider’s web, monkey bars, balance poles and three in ground trampolines.
Smaller kids will enjoy the smaller fort, slides and climbing wall and fireman’s pole, the two smaller swings, rockers and see saw.
The space is surrounded by covered BBQs and picnic tables, though the barbecues and the toilets are not in use at the moment, which is frustrating. (There’s no ETA on their availability and workmen in the area told us that they’ve been out of action since December.)
Next to the playground is a fenced-off dog park with play equipment for the pooches and surrounding paths are great for biking and scootering.
At the moment most of the shade is in the two pavilions as the greenery is all new. However, its location seems to catch a nice breeze so even in full sun it’s not burning hot. Still bring a hat and sunscreen though!
Trueman Reserve is a generally well-thought out play space and if you’re not local you can combine it with a visit to other excellent playgrounds in the City of Casey – Megasaurus playground at Livingstone Cranbourne and Casey Fields.
- Suitable for toddlers;
- Suitable for older kids;
- Off leash fenced dog path next door;
- Next to bike/walking/scootering path;
- Sheltered picnic tables and BBQ areas (not in operation);
- Toilets with change facilities (not in operation);
- Water tap; and
- Free parking.
Trueman Reserve, Clarinda Park Regional Playground, cnr Trueman St and Bradman Drive, Cranbourne West