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HOT: Ardrie Park, Malvern East

Our quest for good fenced playgrounds in Melbourne continues and this week it took us to Ardrie Park in Malvern East.

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Ardrie Park is a beautifully landscaped English style garden hidden amongst quiet residential streets. A long boulevard of trees runs through the middle and there are quiet Japanese gardens to hide in. It is larger than the entrance indicates!

The playground is also surprisingly large and includes a lots of play equipment for toddlers and older kids within its expanse.

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There are two sets of swings (one pair for toddlers/babies with safety straps, one pair normal swings), two structures of colourful climbing equipment, various springers and a double see saw. There are two flying foxes, one higher than the older, and some challenging hand-ring monkey bars.

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I particularly like the preschooler/toddler unit as I’ve never seen anything like it before. It reminds me of a little farmyard pen, or maze, but not quite… It has little ‘doorways’ to step over or duck under, a little cubby house, a staircase leading to an enclosed slide.

The large leafy elm trees provide natural shade and outside the fence are BBQs, picnic tables, water fountains and toilets.

  • fully fenced;
  • suitable for toddlers and older kids;
  • partial natural shade;
  • seating;
  • water fountains;
  • BBQ and picnic tables;
  • toilets. 
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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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