16 Aug Top 3 Must Visit Playgrounds in the City of Casey
In the City of Casey there are literally hundreds of playgrounds. The council have a dedicated playground strategy to build and maintain the playgrounds for our use due to the growth of families in the area.
In 2010 there were 258 playgrounds and there are even more now. The council plan to have local playgrounds accessible within 500m of every household, so this list is by no means the top three, it is just three of our favourites for the reasons that are listed. If you have a favourite playground, please send us an email and let us know so we can share it with others.
1) Casey Fields Adventure Playground, 160 Berwick – Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East
This playground is what the council call a regional playground. This means that it is HUGE! There is equipment for every age at this playground. One of our favourite features is the fact that it has a toilet – I know this is strange to get excited over, but when you have such a big playground, you are going to be there for a while and a toilet is a must have.
Aside from the facilities of toilets and many drinking fountains to take care of the basic amenities that we need, there is an array of playground types to suit all age ranges.
This facility has:
- Sandpit play areas
- Playground with the sand role play
- Playground for toddlers with smaller steps (pirate ship design)
- Large slide with climbing areas
- Nets and rope bridges to climb on
- Poles and sculptures for climbing and playing
- Accessible swing
- Giant birds nest swing that you can lay in or have many people on
- A lake complete with ducks and a jetty – all now fenced in for safety
- Lots of lawn for picnic areas
- BBQ facilities
- Drinking fountains
- Tree play area where the kids can wander through the saplings
- A 1km walking track directly around the playgrounds and lake
- An extended walking track if you go around all the sporting fields
- Sporting fields- netball, cricket, soccer, football
- All in a beautiful landscaped area.
While not listed in the council on leash areas, it is surrounded by playgrounds and public places so it would be tricky to have your dog off leash here unless you went off the beaten path a little beyond the playground. Check signage in the area for more details.
2) Rocket Park – Ray Bastin Reserve, Norfolk Drive Narre Warren
This is another regional playground in City of Casey and the older kids will not be disappointed. While it still seems a little older in comparison to the Casey Fields adventure Playground, the park was renovated in 2013. This playground is themed for Outer Space. The playground area is massive and we think it is great for kids aged 4 to 7. It is a little challenging for the parents with younger kids as there are quite a few areas that can be tricky for the younger kids, but the younger ones will still find it fun.
This playground has:
- Large rocket with twisty slide
- Launch panel with buttons and controls for role play
- Accessible swings
- Skate park
- BMX track
- Drinking fountains
- Sheltered areas
- BBQ facilities
- Carousels with horses
- Musical instrument section
- Cubby areas
- Climbing nets
- Moon buggy car
Note this is a dog ON LEASH park!
3) Pioneers Park Playground, 1-11 Peel Street, Berwick
This one is a favourite really for a different reason; it is located right next to Primary @ Pioneers Park Café which means it is great for a catch up with friends and or family. You can sit in the café with a birds eye view of the kids in the playground. This is ideal if your children are in the listening stage of their childhood. Not so great if they are very young or a little cheeky and tend to run off on you! The park itself is really suited to older children from around 4 years old. The younger ones need a little extra supervision as there are rope bridges with big gaps and large drop off areas. The landscaped grounds here are amazing with huge park areas great for picnics or a kick of the footy.