Phil Denman Park - Jamboree Heights
Author: Brea Date Posted:16 November 2016
If you are looking for a hidden gem of a playground - Phil Denman Park is your park.
This park is quietly hidden at the end of a popular street that holds both Good News Lutheran and Jamboree Heights state school and the local scouts club. Phil Denman Park has had a recent makeover making it what my boys call the best park ever. So much so that it got a 4 finger rating by my 3 year olds. This is big as normally everything gets a 3 because they are 3.
We have now visited this park four times over the past 2 months and it has had some added features that have turned this park into a true favourite.
Shade Shade and More Shade
Council have recently added shade sails to the park which could not have come at a better time as our heatwave is about to hit. This photo was taken at approx 10.30am and you can see that the majority of the playground is in shade.
Sensory Play Galore
This park is filled with interactive panels in the base of the forts that will stimulate all ages. With Chimes, Finger Maze, Steering Wheel, Peep Hole, Tic Tac Toe Game, Mirror and other activities your little toddler/walking baby will benefit from what I initially thought was a park focussed on ages 3 years+.
Your climbing children will love Phil Denman park. With 4 forts to climb up using ladders, vertical ascent climbers and stairs - all are connected with a different challenging bridges and tunnels. One bridge also doubles as a monkey bar for older children.
Note: On the first two visits the twins (3 years old) froze on this bridge but they have recently updated with a mat for added safety.
What makes Phil Denman park better than the rest?
This park has something most parks do not. No, I am not talking about the half basketball court, the tennis wall or cricket nets. Hidden just behind the daycare centre is a learn to ride road setup perfect for learning the rules of the road.
Make sure that you pack your kids balance bikes, bicycles or scooters and help them learn some road rules and how to be safe on the road.
Whilst we were there a little girl took the corner just a tad little fast and ended up taking out her little sister and sliding along the grass. Although it was a nasty shock to both girls they both learnt some valuable lessons. 1. You cannot go at super speeds around corners; 2. Standing in the middle of the road is not the best location for a meltdown.
Recommendation - this part of the park is not shaded and there are no trees in the vacinity so I would recommend in summer doing a early morning or late afternoon session and cover up.
Features of Phil Denman Park
- Double Toddler Slide
- Enclosed Velocity Slide
- Monkey Bars
- 4 Forts
- Sensory Activities
- Bridges and Tunnels
- Double Swing with baby swing
- Plentyof grass for ball kicking
- Water Bubbler
- Half Basketball Court
- Cricket Nets
- Tennis Wall
- Learn to Ride Safety Road
- Car Park
This park gets super busy around the times of school pickups. I would recommend that you visit the park between 9-11am during schhol days. This park is a very popular party location - weekends can get very crowded.
There are no toilets in the area. This is a big downside for a mum of toilet training twins.