We are always on the look out for a new playground. Ideal criteria – good range of equipment for different ages, new equipment for twins to master, shade, toilets, easy parking, gated.
Clayton Reserve ticks lots of these boxes.
We found the park by accident, while dropping off our eldest son and his friend at a Lego school holiday course at the Clayton Community Centre. I wanted to be nearby, but keep the 3.5-year-old twins entertained. As the library didn’t open until 10am, we started with babycinos at the pool café, and then checked on Google maps for any ‘green’ spots that may contain a playground.
On arriving at the Clayton Reserve I was very impressed. Parking was across the road – but could have been in the gravel oval driveway if crossing a road is an issue. It faces onto the busy train line – both interesting Vline and frequent Metro trains - our guys were impressed! In the morning, the whole park was shaded. There is a bench seat, and a variety of steps and slides for little and bigger kids. The highlight was a circular multi-directional swing, as well as 3 climbing frames that our confident boys soon mastered. The dual bumpy slides were lots of fun, and I helped them on the fireman’s pole a few times.
The park is mostly safety gated – open at the back end onto the oval / toilet complex. There were 3 or 4 18 month olds there also at the same time, who were safely contained while their parents and grandparents chatted and played.
Toilets are attached to the oval, so are locked on a weekday, but may be open when cricket/footy is playing. However the Clayton Library and excellent disabled toilet access is literally 1 minute drive away.
Coles Clayton is also a very short drive away – we returned to Clayton reserve after buying icy poles and fruit at Coles, picking up the big boys, and ate our snacks and had a final play before heading home.
I’d recommend trying out this playground – we will certainly be coming back again!