“I used to love going here as a kid, so sad my daughter will never know how good it WAS!!!”
The ‘Adventure Park Playground” at Monash brings back a lot of happy memories for many Adelaide and country families.
It was started in the late 60’s by engineer, Grant Telfer and was developed over a twenty year period at an estimated cost of $150,000. Grant did most of the work himself and thinking back to some of the playground equipment he created, it surely must have been a ‘one-off’ in the world.
“We had a ball there. Very sad Its gone and our kids have missed out. They only get to play on the pathetic replacement that is nice to look at but not a patch on the original. It was fun for all ages.”
Thousands of children and adults swarmed to the park near Berri every year. It was just as much fun for the adults as it was for the kids. In videos which have been posted on You Tube, you can see fathers and mothers joining in with the kids on the dozens of free rides that were available.
“OMG .. this was just fantastic … drive hundreds of kms to have a day of FREE FUN .. Pity insurance killed it .. wonder how many made a claim when they got injured, doubt if anyone cared .. it was just so much fun”
I have vivid recollections of our own camping trips in the Riverland during the school holidays with our children and a big highlight of the trip was the day spent in the free playground with its giant spiral slides, see-saws, flying foxes, fun slides and the roller coaster.
“This was the BEST. One of the things from my childhood that I truly regret is no longer around for my own kids”.
Much of the play equipment was made from scrap metal, was cleverly designed and offered something different to your average children’s playground. Despite its immense popularity the park was closed in 1992 due (I believe), to insurance and injury claims. Another “safer” version of the park has since re-opened.
“That used to be sooo cool. Went there in about 1982 and then again a few years later and couldn’t believe how much it had been watered down. That’s the results of a few idiots spoiling it for the rest of us”.
I wonder if the playground that replaced it has 300,000 visitors per year or inspire people to drive hundreds of kilometers to play, as the original playground did?
One can only hope the idea that now seems to be slowly gaining momentum, that wrapping children in cotton wool may in fact be harming their future, will mean that one day we’ll see the return of things like the original Monash Adventure Park.