You might know I have a thing for vintage playgrounds :) I had a wedding up in Toowoomba recently so I decided to take that opportunity and leave half an hour earlier to go check out Lions Park.
I vaguely remember it as a kid, although it appeared crazy massive in my memory. I suspect they did a big overhaul when the strict safety laws came in and I also suspect my kid mind made the park seem more impressive than it really was. Still I got giddy excited seeing the few vintage pieces that are left and a pretty amazing modern playground built up the top :)
Those above photos all belong to the old park, the octopus is my favourite but the rocket ship gets me feeling all nostalgic. I remember as a kid seeing a few around but now this one, along with the one we found in Tasmania are they only ones I've personally encountered in recent years. You used to be able to climb up into the rocket but now it's all closed off :(
At the top of the park is the new section and I must say it's pretty neat, I think they have found a nice compromise between the ultra safe guidelines in place and still being able to make the playground unique and fun. The below photos are from the new park :)
One vintage bouncy guy remains!!
Love the rickety houses and those mosaics. I didn't get good photos (always hard to take photos at a park without seeming creepy) but there are cute little bird sculptures on top of the buildings which I thought was a sweet touch :)
I have to say a shout out to my lovely cousin Heather as there were many family trips together to the park and I'm sure she has a better memory of how it used to be!