Where: 43 Jervois Street, South Plympton
Jervois Street Playground in South Plympton is up there with Morialta and Glenunga as one of our favourite playgrounds in Adelaide. Some of the Jervois Street Reserve highlights are:
- Fully fenced junior playground with lots to keep the little ones happy including double slides, a ‘bird’s nest’ swing, regular and baby swing, sandpit and a water play feature with pump action water pump and gorgeous water channel.
- An older kids playground with mini flying fox, wooden/rope climbing frames, basketball and netball rings.
- A number of areas for skating, scooting and riding bikes, including a ‘trike track’ which our balance biker loved!
- A mountain bike/BMX path through behind the basketball court that our kids LOVED.
- A small covered seating area, FREE electric BBQ and all-access toilet (1 large self-flushing).
- A large grassed area for open play, ball games and dog lovers.
- A fitness node with equipment designed for all ages.
- Pickup a drive through coffee at the On-The-Run on Marion Road just a few hundred metres from the Reserve! 🙂
- We have listed some safety tips at the bottom of this review.
Jervois Street Reserve is a wonderful, open play space and you can definitely tell that a lot of thought and community involvement went into creating it. There is a gorgeous junior playground area which is fully fenced and caters well to the smaller members of the family. With a great double slide ideal for kids ages 1+, it allows younger kids the ability to make her way up the softfall climbing hill by herself, rather than having any ladders around. Plenty of natural wood and rock climbing options, a bird’s nest swing plus regular swing and ‘gated’ baby swings, music drums, a huge sandpit with sunshade, water play area and 2 cool sandtables with fixed attachments are all part of the fun. Our kids LOVED that the tunnel through the hill has the added fun of being made to look like a caterpillar hole through a giant green apple – just like The Very Hungry Caterpillar! With a number of wooden seats for parents to take a break knowing their kids are enjoying themselves (& fenced in!), we are giving this little kids playground a big thumbs up!
Outside the fenced area nearby there is also plenty for older families as well. There is a netball ring and 1/2 court basketball setup to encourage families to get active off the ‘regular’ playground equipment. This space also doubles as a small skate/scoot area, which would be great for younger kids learning to skate, ride scooters etc. A wooden/rope climbing frame and a sky rail (mini flying fox) are in this area too, although only kids aged 7+ can climb up or reach this one (and currently only tall adults can push the handle all the way back to the kids too so possibly an area to look at for the creators). They also have a sturdy table tennis table (BYO balls/racquets) on the other side of the park and a table with a bulit in chess board (BYO pieces).
A smooth bike/trike/running path extends anti-clockwise all the way around the Reserve which our kids love as they can’t get enough of their bike riding and it is marked every 20m so the kids know how far they are running. There is also a little mountain bike/BMX path through behind the basketball court that our kids LOVED. They spent a full 45mins just on this track alone. Please note that generally bike tracks run clockwise. They also enjoyed riding and running around the path all the way around the Reserve with some other children. Just a note though, that if you stand at the Start/Finish line you cannot keep sight of your kids around the entire pathway and it is not fenced between the path and the roads.
Designed by Nature Play Design (the same folks who made Edwardstown Playground), Jervois Street Reserve Playground is a wonderful ‘nature-based’ area. There are a variety of materials underfoot – grass, softfall rubber, rocks, barkchips, sand and mosaic tiles for instance. The sun shade over the large sandpit is constructed to look like a butterfly, the climbing equipment is mostly made from beautiful wood and ropes rather than plastic. The water play feature is an inviting natural environment that encourages children to get involved (& get wet and dirty!).
The great thing about the Jervois Street Reserve is that the City of Marion had extensive community consultation on what the needs and desires of the local community were. While we love this play space for what it offers families, it also has something for other members of the community. Older members were engaged to help develop a fitness node that caters to all ages and abilities given the residential living facilities located nearby – that’s great, so now we can get grandpa to take the kids to the park while he does his exercises too! 😉 Dog owners will enjoy the Reserve and there are plenty of dog bags and bins around to utilise.
While we LOVE this new Jervois Street Reserve and playspace, here are some points to note if taking the family:
- There are barkchips, pebbles, sand and rocks so if you have youngsters who love to put anything and everything in their mouths please take this into consideration. There is also water – pack a change of clothes!
- Be careful of the mosaic tile areas – especially when wet. They were being worked on today I assume to make them less slippery but we saw 4 falls on them on day 1 so please take care.
- Most BMX tracks run clockwise so please take care to make sure the kids are all going the same direction 🙂
- Like many of the new and awesome playgounds, there are a few places that kids can hide and can’t easily be seen by adults. In this playground there are hills and tunnels, but in the junior playspace you can at least feel more relaxed knowing it’s fully fenced and the gates aren’t anywhere near the ‘black spots’. This is also true of the bike track around the whole reserve where the kids will be out of direct sight for a part of the track.
- If you have little people and big kids then please be aware that the fenced playground for toddlers is not directly next to the playground for bigger kids. You can see between the two but can’t help kids on both sides at once.
- There isn’t much shade yet as the trees aren’t grown yet.
MOBILE COFFEE STATION
Oh but the highlights of this playground don’t end there! Visit on Wednesdsay or Thursday mornings (10am until early arvo) and you’ll find the guys from Mean Green Coffee Machine serving up your favourite cup of the good stuff. Coffee, tea, ice coffee, chai, water and juice as well as a selection of cakes and cookies, all right there at the park.
On-street parking is available on Jervois and Waterhouse Roads on either side of the Reserve.
More information available on the City of Marion playground listing here
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Jervois St Playground
Where: 43 Jervois Street, South Plympton
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