Out and About
Updated: Jul 31, 2020
Picasso Park is a 2.5 hectare architecturally-designed park on the corner of Picasso Road and Marmion Avenue in the Alkimos Vista development at Alkimos. The magenta slides on the play equipment pop out and catch your attention. The playground developer included the magenta slides to complement Alkimos Vista's pink colour scheme.
This park is more extensive than you think with large grassy areas and a basketball court as well as the two storey undercover play structure and a coffee hub.
The incredible two storey play structure has four spiral, straight and curved slides all interconnected with ladders, rock climbing walls, a fireman's pole and rope climbing nets. It's hard to tell where the kids will pop up when they disappear down a slide! Luckily the top storey is at ground level so you can easily access the playground to find the kids! This playground can be used whatever the weather as it's fully covered design provides shelter while still making it appear open.
Next to the playground is a limestone rock climbing feature with colourful poles for the kids to grab to help them climb. There is also a giant bird's nest swing, musical pipes and drums, an inground trampoline and a landscaped natural garden with a log balance course.
Fitness lovers will enjoy the running track complete with distance markers as well as the Parkfit exercise equipment including step ups, pull up bars, leg lifts and dip bars or if yoga is more your style you can do yoga under beautiful mature trees.
The multi use blue sports court has a full sized basketball court with netball rings on the reverse, a large table tennis table and a hopscotch. Solar powered smart benches allow you to charge up your phone and access free wifi.
The grassy "oval' is complete with footy posts and surrounded by paths so the kids can ride their bikes. The amphitheatre, BBQs and three shade structures give the area a piazza feel and provide a social hub to host community events and activities.
The Sprout Community Hub offers barista made coffee from Thursday to Sunday. Toilets are located near the Sprout Hub but at the time of our visit appeared to only be open for use by Sprout Hub customers.
The only downside to this great park is the limited street parking available as the park has been developed with the local community in mind. As the area develops perhaps more parking will be provided.
The northern most corridor of Perth between Butler and Yanchep is growing rapidly and developers are creating the most amazing playgrounds so check out what else is available and maybe head to one or two different ones or combine your trip with a visit to Yanchep Lagoon or the beautiful beaches at Eden Beach, Jindee or Alkimos.
I explored parts of this area on the Wanneroo Public Art Safari and the Alkimos Beach Interpretive Trail. As I was exploring I realised how many other amazing parks are in this area so I have added them to my (very long) list of places to explore. Stay tuned!
Since writing this blog we have been shipwrecked at Shorehaven's Treasure Island Adventure Playground located on the foreshore at Shorehaven Beach.