Revamped Pirate Ship park

The much loved Pirate Ship park in Aberfeldie (officially Riverside Park), re-opened Monday 15 January, with a fresh new look, thanks to Moonee Valley City Council.

Kids review: Climbing to the top of the slide was fun! The slide was covered, so I didn’t get burnt going down. I liked the new rope climbing area but was disappointed the monkey bars were taken away.

Parent review: The glorious Black Sapphire pirate ship offers kids opportunity for imaginative play: walk the plank, look for treasure, steer the ship, ropes to climb, tunnels to hide in and more. It sits on sand for the authentic sea experience. 2 new swings have been installed close to the ship.Adjacent to the pirate ship is the upgraded play space, which includes a new slide, many climbing ropes, stepping stones, hammocks and rock climbing. The slide is quite high and climbing the ladders or ropes to reach the top of the slide is ok for confident climbers, younger kids (and parents) may prefer the slides on the pirate ship.

There’s lots of seating around the new play area, currently most are not shaded. This will change once the newly-planted trees around the playground grow. Many families were taking advantage of the already established trees and laying picnic rugs under them. 

The revamped area includes many natural textures and forms. An abundance of new plants and trees have been planted. There’s paving around the perimeter of the entire play space, perfect for scooters or bikes – and easy for prams.

There are 2 new BBQs, with shaded tables and chairs close by. Bins and toilets are also on site. 

The car park has been updated and includes 2 disabled parking spaces. The car park is not large, an alternative would be to park along The Boulevard (on street parking), or park further along the river and walk/scooter down to the park.

Visit Poyntons Nursery or The Boathouse prior to arriving for your coffee fix, there’s no cafe at the park. The day we visited, an ice-cream van was in the car park.

Moonee Valley City Council are hosting Little Kids Big Day Out on Thursday, 8 February, 10am–12.30pm at the park. It’s a pirate-themed morning of fun, with activities and games to get kids moving, coffee courtesy of Nelson Alexander, fruit from LaManna and pirate entertainment.

All views expressed are our own, not sponsored.