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Playgrounds For All Your Kiddies: Mini Me's And Fur Babies

by Vicki Dent (follow)
Itís beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Snow has appeared in the backyard. This snow, however, is not typical of an Adelaide backyard, nor does it dissolve in the heat. Itís your darling doggies new bed. The foam, that for a good two hours, was the most comfortable bed ever, is now scattered across the lawn.


Why? Payback? It could be from boredom because the dog used to get a daily walk- now itís a screaming baby hurriedly pushed out the door in a pram, urgently seeking a bumpy path to push your sweet pea to sleep.
Boredom because the dog used to sleep on the bed, enjoying copious pats morning and night- now those hands frivolously rub a little belly in the wee hours of the morning, in a desperate attempt to clock just enough sleep, to ensure you donít look in the fridge to see if the mailman came that day! Our poor beloved first children Ė our fur babies.

Look closely to see two snouts yearning to shadow mum out walking the baby

Our fur babies will continue to greet us with happy wagging tails, long after our teens push through the door demanding food as their hello. So how do we make sure they remain important? The answer Ė playgrounds for all your children: A.K.A playgrounds with enclosed dog areas side by side.

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With three active dogs (two border collies) and two children (only one currently mobile Ė and in need of energy release more than the dogs!), we tend to stick to our favourites. The following is a list of many playgrounds with enclosed dog areas, including our favourites, in regions around Adelaide (please note there are many off-leash areas for dogs near playgrounds as well; contact your local council for a list of reserves and off/on-lead times):

Broadview Oval, Broadview
Bentley Reserve, Holden Hill
(not ideal area for ball-chasing dogs, more for socialising)
Unity Park, Pooraka
(great for big kiddies with nearby skate park as well)
Sam Johnson Sportsground, Renown Park
(puppy/small dog park that large dogs use when vacant; many large dogs found socialising on oval at dusk as well)
Jack Watkins Reserve, Kilburn

Jenkins Reserve, Salisbury Park
(quick trip over the walking bridge to the Harry Bowey Reserve for the kidís playground)
Baltimore Reserve, Parafield Gardens
(new playground being resurrected - planned for May 2017, check with local council re. availability)
Stebonheath Park, Andrews Farm
Cantebury Reserve, Salisbury Heights
Happy Home Reserve, Salisbury

Ashely Avenue Dog Park, Ridgehaven
Golding Oval, Para Vista

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Dennis Morrissey Park (Four Paws Park), Hectorville

Pityarilla (Marshmallow Park), Adelaide
(temporarily closed playground until early 18; check with local council re-opening)
CC Hood Reserve, Panaorama
McLeay Park, Parkside

Ridge Park, Myrtle Bank

Hazelmere Reserve, Glenowrie

Minkarra Park, Flagstaff Hill
Symonds Reserve, Aldinga Beach

Your fur babies will be thanking you for taking them to these parks, and your guilty conscience will be thanking you, too.

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