Brooklyn, a small suburb wedged between Tottenham and Altona North, is reputed to have the worse air quality in Melbourne (if not Victoria) thanks to the industry surrounding its residential streets.
The silver lining is that the neighbourhood park in Brooklyn Reserve has recently received an upgrade to its playground thanks to a $200,000 air pollution fine under the EPA’s IES (Innovative Environmental Solutions) scheme.
This means that the playground now features a rainbow-hued 6 metre high climbing frame, an unexpectedly fast slide…
a scooter track perimeter and exercise equipment.
The playground adjoins a large grassy area for ball games or picnics and basketball court.
There’s equipment for little ones too, with a smaller climbing fort, instruments and spinning carousel, sandpit and water pump.
A highlight is the double swing that faces inwards, allowing adults and kids (or two kids in this case) to face each other and swing.
I like the different sculptures and explanatory panels extending kids’ curiosity beyond what’s in front of them.
Facilities have also been upgraded with new barbecue shelters, though the nearest toilets remain the ones inside Brooklyn Community Hall and the Brooklyn Tennis Club, so don’t count on them being open all the time.
- Suitable for toddlers;
- Suitable for older kids;
- Toilets at Brooklyn Community Hall and the Brooklyn Tennis Club (not always open);
- Natural shade from some trees.
- Picnic areas and BBQs; and
- Free parking.