Things to do
Hendrie Street Reserve in Park Holme is a regional playground with the first accessible playground in the region: Hendrie Street Reserve Inclusive Playground.
Hendrie Street Reserve Inclusive Playground was officially opened by The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Mr Hieu Van Le on 10 August 2018.
Consideration has been given to children who may have mobility issues, vision and hearing impairments and spectrum disorders such as autism and incorporates principles of inclusive play.
Fruit Crate Multistation
The tall climbing and sliding structure stands in the centre of the site with access for wheelchairs to the first level. The tall internal net challenges climbers that dare to ride the slide; the design of the net ensures the climber’s skills to reach the height of the top level.
If children need a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the playground there's a sensory room off a ramp from the multistation where sound is diminished and they can do some calming art on the chalkboard (BYO chalk). In time a vine will grow over the arbour, adding to the secluded feel.
The design is inspired by the agricultural history of the area and incorporates a secluded space behind the climbing wall. The bucket and pulley system encourages connected-play, teamwork and communication.
Sand and Water Play
Sensory seekers will love the water play areas and sandpit. A giant water corkscrew can be activated by turning the circular crank at the top, helping children develop motor skills. The water is elevated up to the top and recycled back down to the tap below. A lever pump is situated on opposite side of the water play area.
On the other side to the corkscrew is the sandpit and a rocky river, providing two different sensory experiences.
Take a spin on the ground-level carousel which is accessible to people with mobility impairments. Children of all abilities are able to connect and play together while spinning around.
There are a range of different swings all under bright green shade sails.
The Expression Swing allows you to experience swinging with your infant/toddler. The usual baby swing a standard swing are provided. The basket swing allows kids of different abilities to swing and socialise and the unique 3-bay rope swing allows friends to swing together in unison.
The 3-armed bull rider allow 6 children to rock back and forth together, while being able to look at each other and enjoy the fun together.
A ramped and twisting 40m bike track is in the north-western corner of the playground. The ramped and hilly mounds make this circuit a more challenging-than the average track.
The toilets at the playground are fully accessible and include an adult-sized change table.
Hard pathways through the playground have been designed wider to allow easy access and manoeuverability of mobility chairs.
Accessible BBQs are installed within the playground that allow wheelchair users to easily cook too.
Sheltered picnic areas are provided within the playground area as well as grassy picnic areas.
Ample car parking, including disabled parking, is available. There are also allocated coach spaces which make this a great group excursion location.
Dig and Delve is the iconic giant shovel-shaped sculpture by Laura Wills and William Cheesman at the centre of the playground. Find out more on our Art in public places webpage.
In a South Australian first, the new inclusive playground at Hendrie Street Reserve in Park Holme has been designed to cater for all ages and abilities and includes elements for a broad range of disabilities.
The reserve features a large grassy area for picnics or informal ball sports.
Bring a ball and shoot some hoops on the 3 on 3 basketball court or chill out and watch the world go by on the seating provided throughout the reserve.
On the south-western corner of the reserve there is toilet and a sheltered picnic table is in the centre of the reserve.
Stay and have a swim or ride the slides at the Marion Outdoor Pool.