HOT: Shorten Reserve, West Footscray

shorten reserve playground

Baby 2.0 has inherited his father’s bolter genes which means I’m on an everlasting hunt for a playground with a fence. You’d be surprised how few and far between a good fenced playground can be in Melbourne!

One of our local gated playgrounds is at Shorten Reserve, next to the oval for the West Footscray Roosters.

The large playground is more suitable for toddlers than older kids although students from nearby Footscray West Primary School often hang out there after school.

The main structure is a traditional metal/plastic playhouse with climbing frames, two double slides (not too high), steering wheel, binoculars (too high for Lady AB) and a music panel.

shorten reserve playground

There are two swings – one with a safety belt, one without – plus a netted ring (bird’s nest) swing which the kids loved sharing.

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shorten reserve playground

There is also a small sandpit area with one lonely scoop and stepping stones in the garden.

shorten reserve playground

The biggest drawcard of Shorten Reserve, (other than the fence!) is the tractor. You can steer it, shake it and ride it. Brmm Brmm!

  • suitable for toddlers;
  • sandpit with equipment;
  • fully fenced;
  • toilets (West Footscray Football Club clubhouse, not open all the time);
  • some natural shade;
  • BBQ, picnic table, taps; and
  • seating.

About Joyce Watts

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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