Megasaurus Park: Australia’s Playground for Young Paleontologists
A dino-themed public park? This creative playground opened in March 2016 on Newington Drive in Cranbourne East, Australia. Parents are already seeing their kids enjoy the outdoors without all of the standard play equipment that most playgrounds feature. Imaginations can certainly run wild while children explore this prehistoric playground.
Urban Edge Landscape Architects and Benjamin Gilbert, from Agency of Sculpture, designed the pieces. Nicholas Rose, of Urban Edge Landscape Architects, pointed out that “Playgrounds are becoming a repetitive cycle of swings, play units and slides” and so “we wanted to open up the imagination of children into a place that their minds could wonder.” Overall, it took about 18 months to design, plan, and build this park.
The playground incorporates lots of different features in its theme. Kids can climb along a 20 meter long dinosaur skeleton and then slide down its grassy tail. They can swing in a pterodactyl basket, climb a series of stegosaurus plates , or ride the flying fox.
Kids can also hop across logs and rocks or search for the three dinosaur eggs hidden among the rocks.
While their kids play, parents can find some refuge under the outdoor shelter that includes 3 tables, a barbecue grill, and a water tap. Currently the park lacks two things. One is shade, because the newly planted trees haven’t reached their mature height, and the other is a restroom.
Surrounding the Megasaurus Park are some walking and cycling trails, as well as an expansive area with goal posts for various sports.
This park definitely achieves its goal of providing a unique play experience for kids. There’s not much for smaller kids to safely play on, but older ones will find a lot to enjoy here. Adults will also get a pleasant change of scenery compared to the usual assortment of playground equipment. The locals are already loving the new park. At the launch event, which was a Jurassic Park Movie Night, over 400 local residents attended!