Sunvale Community Park is a brilliant park in the heart of Sunshine CBD, a welcome addition to an area that is generally lacking in green space
Sunvale Community Party is the outcome of years of community campaigning around the site of the former Sunvale Primary School. Brimbank City Council paid a developer a hefty $3 million for part of the land so that it could be used as a community space and the end result is a wonderful playground, skate park, water play and ball games area.
The skate park ramps are wide and short enough for little kids while still be challenging enough for older children. There are numerous ramps, rails and curved walls for hooning around.
The water play area consists of overhead sprinklers over a splash pad, leading to much squealing delight as kids race through the splashing.
It is overlooked by a spinning climbing frame/nest which is quite unusual.
There is further water play via a water pump leading to a small creek area twisting around the main playground equipment. It reminds me of a tree house, with high climbing nets and a slide jutting out from the side.
Two banks of swings sit beside the climbing frame.
Fitness equipment, a small basketball court and a large green ‘kick-a-ball’ area with cricket pitch complete the active play opportunities. There’s talk of the large green space being turned into an outdoor cinema in summer too!
Look out for seating around the circuit path, which has been designed by Brimbank Aboriginal artists Mandi Barton and Lee Anne Clarke to represent the five universal elements – spirit, air/wind, water, earth, and fire.
I am particularly impressed by the beautiful landscaping of the park too. There are lots of semi-mature shrubs and lots of greenery in the garden beds already and there’s even an edible garden! As the Moreton Bay Fig trees grow they will provide more shade in the park.
Park facilities include disabled toilets, water taps and a large area with covered picnic tables and barbecues. There is free street parking at either end of the park.
Sunvale Community Park’s location makes it a great stop if you’re in the Sunshine CBD area. It’s within walking distance to the Sunshine Library, the eateries of Hampshire and Devonshire Road and the two major shopping centres Sunshine Plaza and Sunshine Marketplace.
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For another excellent playground in Sunshine check out Buckingham Reserve, the Rocket Ship Park!
- Suitable for toddlers;
- Suitable for older kids;
- Water Play;
- Water fountain;
- Picnic tables and picnic shelters;
- Skate Park;
- Basketball Court;
- Free parking;
- No fencing; and
- Walking distance to Sunshine Library, the eateries of Hamphire and Devonshire Rd and the two major shopping centres Sunshine Plaza and Sunshine Marketplace.