Those who know playgrounds head to Towradgi

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It bagged a national award in 2012, and parents and their children have been giving the Towradgi Park playground their approval since it opened in May 2011.

Voting with their feet, little adventurers continue to pack the northern suburb's playground, climbing over the maritime-themed rope structure, sharing the multi-person swing and flying down the six-metre slide.

Russell Vale mother Carinya Barkley regularly takes her children Liam, 8, Alyssa, 6, and Heath, 4, to the playground and said there was something there for all ages.

"My kids really have a great time together on the group swing and the older ones love the rocket slide," she said.

"The playground is in such a great position, as it's right next to the ocean and it's near a bike track, playing fields and grassy areas.

"So when the kids have had a play on the equipment, they can ride their scooters on the track or kick a football nearby."

Corrimal mother Leanne Owen also visits the playground with kids Baden, 5, and Amber, 3.

"It's a great playground and there's lots of facilities nearby - a toilet block, plenty of parking and places to get a coffee or some food," she said.

"It's fairly new, it's modern, it's always clean - and most of all, the kids just love it."

Wollongong City Council won the national Playspace Award of Excellence from Parks and Leisure Australia for the playground in September.

The award recognised the involvement of children and community members in the playground's design, plus the natural landscaping, extensive shade and the children's artwork.

The size of the tower slide, originally shipped in from Norway and recognised as the tallest in a public space in Australia, also impressed the judges.

TEN TOP PLAYGROUNDS

1. Towradgi Park, Towradgi.

2. Thirroul Beach Reserve, Thirroul.

3. Wollongong Botanic Gardens, Keiraville.

4. Belmore Basin, Wollongong.

5. Stuart Park, Wollongong.

6. King George V Oval, Port Kembla.

7. Brownlee Park, Mangerton.

8. Hindmarsh Park, Kiama.

9. Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra.

10. Brooks Reach,  Dapto. 

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