Bina Parkland, Balga
Bina Parkland is the latest playground in Balga. Built within Princess Wallington Reserve, Stage 1 of the new play area includes traditional equipment, nature play and a flying fox! Bina Parkland is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages!
On our arrival, Miss 6 immediately headed for the climbing ropes. This is similar to the rope playground at Deep Water Point. Rope ladders lead up to birds nests. Higher nests are connected by ladders to the lower ones. Children can climb across to a rope bridge. This then feeds on to a slide. If your kids are nervous of heights, you may want to stay close by.
Adjacent to the rope playground, there is a small sandpit and a circular seating area. This would be a great spot to watch littler ones play and dig while bigger kids run and explore. During our visit, some children had set it up like a campfire spot.
Two separate swing sets are found nearby to the rope area. One is a birds nest swing, which is always fun for swinging with friends or siblings. The other swing set it the more traditional sort we all grew up with. This includes a regular seat and a toddler seat.
Likewise, there’s also a cup-shaped spinner in this area, along with a water fountain. “Spin it fast Mummy, faster!”, Miss 6 kept asking. I felt dizzy just watching!
In addition, Bina Parkland has some more nature play elements such as balancing logs and a wooden mia-mia. These trail through the gardens and are great for open ended imaginative play. Further to this, there seems to be a provision for water play. We found what appears to be a man-made creek bed running under a small bridge.
On the outside edge of the playground, we found the flying fox. This has a pommel seat and an all-abilities seat with a 5-point safety harness. The flying fox is a popular addition for kids of all ages. Miss 6 had several rides. Unlike some, it doesn’t have a harsh kick at the end, so it’s fun for littler children too.
The majority of the playground has a wood chip or rubbery softfall base. So if you’re like my husband and I, and you aren’t a big fan of cleaning sand out of shoes or your car, this is a winning combination!
The park is naturally shaded from the large surrounding trees. It’s still a good idea however to bring along hats and sunscreen. The park isn’t fully fenced and there are busy roads nearby. So if your child runs off like mine used to for example, you may want to keep them close.
The park name, Bina Parkland, comes from Nyoongar and means ‘light of the morning. Stage 1 of the park has opened as of July 2020. Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the $6.2 million dollar development will include new BMX tracks, a skate facility, a multi-court sports area, picnic areas and more. Completion is due mid-2021.
Currently, at the time of our visit, the new public toilet block is not available. So if you’re toilet training or your child has a small bladder, be prepared to make a dash across the street to the BP for now. Similarly, you can find public toilets just down the road at nearby Camberwell Park.
Bina Parkland, Balga
Located at the corner of Camberwell Road and Princess Road, Balga.
Free parking is available off Camberwell Road.
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