Hubby had been to Seville Park last year when the water was turned off at the water play so we thought we'd give it a go. It's a normal park in the yarra valley area except that 60 odd years ago the local residents decided to build themselves a swimming pool (there's a great photo of Miss Victoria in her swimsuit and high heels parading past the appraising towns women sitting fully dressed in the bleachers at the opening ceremony).
The pool got old and the council replaced it a year or so ago with a water play area. It's just a park on an unprepossessing bit of land in a not particularly attractive setting, but the water play makes the 30 minute drive out from our place in the eastern suburbs just about worthwhile.
|Seville Park Water Play|
I did remember though that there was supposed to be a secret button somewhere so we decided to have a quick search.
The minimen absolutely loved it. We'd brought a change of clothes so we let them run through to their hearts content, enjoying the squeals when the got caught out. Before long another family joined in who lived close but didn't know it was there as it only gets turned on in the summer.
|The Upper River|
|Out To Sea|
Marks for this place? If you live within half an hour or less, and its a nice sunny day, warm enough to let the kids get wet then I'd recommend it. I'd think it would be packed in summer but probably making it even more fun for the kids, and its somewhere to go for an hour or so. The main negative was a smashed glass bottle on one of the paths exiting the wet area but I suspect/hope during the summer proper it will be better maintained.
We'll go again but not often and only on days when we want to get out but haven't got any other plans. Probably best for pre-teen kids.
Seville Water Play Park
Corner of Warburton Highway and Monbulk-Seville Road, Seville.
Opening Hours (as reported at the time of the blog, check the website for updates)
|Not lockable. Water is turned on during summer months.|
Yes, free parking adjacent to the park.
Yes, basic. Baby changer was broken during our visit.
Picnic/ BBQ area
Plenty of grass and a picnic table. The website says there is BBQ but we didn't notice it.
No, wouldn't expect one, just a park.
Definitely a park where active supervision of the kids is needed. There is also a creek a little way behind the park.