UFO playground – Clayton South

I was talking to my friend Andrew about this, and realised I never posted photos.

In Clayton South (The Grange, Osborne Avenue) there’s a playground with a UFO theme, to mark the day in 1966 where a large group of students at nearby schools spotted an unidentified flying object in the sky, seen landing and then taking off close to the park.

A recent Herald Sun article notes the view that the object was actually a secret military balloon designed to measure radiation, launched at Mildura but blown off course, part of nuclear testing at Maralinga.

In any case, for those with kids, the playground is recommended!

The Grange (UFO-themed playground), Clayton South

The Grange (UFO-themed playground), Clayton South

The Grange (UFO-themed playground), Clayton South

The Grange (UFO-themed playground), Clayton South

The psychedelic playground

The City of Glen Eira has some pretty psychedelic playground equipment in some of its parks. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what you’re meant to do with it.

This one I don’t think many people would have problems with. You get on and it spins around, alarmingly fast. Pretty easy.
Playground equipment

This thing however, reminds me of two miniature monorails, but appears to involve “surfing” the board things while holding onto the railings. You can also try and sit on them and ride them, but that doesn’t appear to be how it was designed. Though I’m not really sure what they had in mind.
Playground equipment

This one is obviously inspired by a Mobius strip, and is quite a challenge (in a good way) to climb. We noticed it’s made from four identical pieces hooked together.
Mobius strip playground equipment

And as for this, Escher couldn’t have done better with the ladder. The middle bit is like a rock climbing wall, but impossible to actually use. The slide thing is hinged and wobbles from side to side. Weird.
Playground equipment

(Elsewhere they have equipment that is easier to figure out, and more suitable for little kids.)