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Dickson Reserve – Adventure Playground

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    Address: Cnr &, Wellington St & Edward St, Bondi NSW 2026
    Size: District
    Ages: Children (0-5 years; 5-11 years), young people (12-25 years)
    Parking: Street
    Coffee nearby? Short walk

    Features

    • Adventure playground
    • Embankment super slide
    • Basketball half court
    • Dog off-leash area
    • Shade structure

    The Park

    Dickson Reserve is located in the local streets of Bondi, between Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach. The reserve is split into two areas with the dog off-leash area (see Waverley Council website for location here) and basketball halfcourt at the top of the site (to the south), and the adventure playground at the bottom (northern side of the site). A steep embankment planted with a wonderful grove of trees separates the areas.

    A circuit of rope challenges makes up the majority of the park. These are brilliant to develop physical and social skills, risk-taking analysis and general coordination. Each segment offers a new problem to solve as you progress through the circuit. The final node is a hanging basket, which is a great spot to lounge, rest and reflect back on the course.

    While the circuit is primarily aimed at older children, capable toddlers and younger children can still find value (but might need some help!).

    But toddlers and younger kids have not been forgotten in Dickson Reserve playground. There are small nature play areas scattered through the play space, a social spinner, single rockers, a pendulum basket swing and an embankment slide with rock scramble for them to try out. For those who would prefer to kick a ball, there’s a generous grass kickabout space next to the play equipment.

    The play space is mostly finished in playground mulch for impact attenuation. This works with the theme of the playground and helps to highlight the mature trees on the site. It also helps to merge with the lush grass plantings bordering the play space. This helps blur the line between where nature ends and the play begins, which is fantastic.

    There are some rubber wetpour pads too, notably under the pendulum basket swing, spinner and leading to the top of the embankment super slide. The rubber embankment to the top of the slide has handholds embedded, to help you grip your way to the top.

    Due to the mature tree plantings throughout the site, there are plenty of spots to seek shade. There is also a shade structure with a picnic setting and drinking fountain as part of the playground layout.

    The playground is not fenced. But it is set back from adjacent roads, and the use of different materials in the play space and planting help create a barrier from the road.

    Dickson Reserve also has a dog off-leash area at the top of the embankment and a basketball halfcourt.

    Highlights

    We love the idea to put an adventure playground on this site! The natural topography of the site lends itself to the theme with the incorporation of the embankment slide and rock scramble. Older kids can often be a difficult group to provide for from an open space design perspective. The combination of rope challenges to get to the final basket is brilliantly executed and ticks many boxes that are often overlooked!

    Have a question or comment about the playground? Leave it below and we’ll get back to you!

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