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Pirate Park - Scarborough

by Sally Foster (follow)
Fully fenced playground on the waterfront

I had heard of Pirate Park at Scarborough through the grapevine as one of the best playgrounds in Brisbane due to its location, and the fact that it was fully fenced. So once I moved to a suburb close by, I knew I had to go and check it out.

Turns out, it comes highly recommended for a great reason. Yes it is fully fenced, which we all know is an amazing bonus, especially if you have rambunctious toddlers that like to do runners. And yes the location is beautiful, right on the waterfront of Scarborough. But it is also just a really great playground with excellent equipment that is perfect for imagination play. My toddler loved to pretend to be the train driver and the other kids were his passengers.

It has been called Pirate Park because of the excellent Pirate Ship with a sandy bottom that kids can clamber and climb while they 'sail the seas'. Because it is actually next to the bay, the backdrop is perfect to play pirate. There is also a train with several carriages and a ticket office to continue the imagination play.

Credit: Moreton Bay Council Website

Credit: Moreton Bay Council Website

The other equipment include climbing ropes and spider webs, swings, ocean themed sea saws and train tracks painted onto the ground. It is big enough that when it becomes busy (which is does on weekends) there is still enough room for everyone, but also small enough that you can rest easy if you lose sight of your kids. There is plenty of sheltered spots but it is not fully shaded so wearing a hat on a sunny day is a good idea.

The playground has lots of picnic tables and grassy areas situated right outside to set up with barbeques that can be used for parties or family gatherings. I noticed that there was a reserved sign on one when I was there so contact your local council to reserve these on the weekends.

Directly across the road from the playground there are plenty of cafes and restaurants if you want to pick up a coffee or takeaway, plus street parking if you can't find a carpark in the parking lot.

Scarborough itself is also a lovely place to go for a bike ride along the waterfront or to bring along a bucket and spade to dig in the sand. You can even have a paddle in the warmer months. Just a little bit further along Scarborough Beach you will find an inflatable Jumping Pillow, that is hit with the older kids.

Credit: Moreton Bay Council Website

I would recommend a trip out to Pirate Park if you are looking for another playground to explore and add to your repertoire.

Location: Scarborough Beach
Facilities: Toilets, wheelchair accessible, picnic shelters, BBQ's

Where is your favourite fully fenced playground in Brisbane? Please let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!

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