Keep kids entertained these school holidays with the amazing parks the west has to offer

Skate zone at Curlew Community Park, Laverton. (Joe Mastroianni) 230983_02

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Playgrounds have long been a place for children to get outdoors and have some fun, but this year has highlighted even more their importance as community hubs. While much of the state was locked down by coronavirus restrictions, local playgrounds were vital for children and their parents and caregivers to interact, explore and recharge.

In addition, they are an excellent, easily accessible option to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays.

Hobsons Bay is home to 233 parks, with 130 dedicated to family and social recreation activities, including 88 featuring playgrounds.

“Hobsons Bay has a truly unique public open space network,” said former mayor Jonathon Marsden.

“Almost one third of the geographic area of the Hobsons Bay municipality contains some type of open space.

“Not all of this is public land or accessible to the community but all of it contributes to the health and biodiversity of our special area.

“Council has worked hard to meet community needs and has upgraded many of our parks over the past couple of years, ensuring that our outdoor play areas evolve with our community, encouraging exercise, connection, creativity, exploration and fun.”

Maribyrnong former Mayor Michael Clarke said the municipality had many stand-out parks, including the regional Braybrook Park, which is home to Aeroplane Park,

We have a number of outstanding parks within our city, notably historical parks such as Footscray Park, Yarraville Gardens and Pipemakers Park in Maribyrnong, which attracts families from across the west,” he said.

“We also have Aeroplane Park that builds on the links to the RAFF base that was located in Braybrook and Footscray’s Quarry Park that attracts visitors from across Victoria for its mountain bike riding trails.

“We’re committed to giving our community quality recreational, health and wellbeing opportunities and take great pride in creating fun spaces that our community can enjoy with friends and family.”