Ballam Park

Ballam Park Playground - Steve Brown

Ballam Park provides a great day out for people of all ages, with two regional playground areas, 30 hectares of open areas and sporting fields including a premier athletics track, AFL, soccer and cricket.

Highlights Include

  • Barbecues with shaded areas (free - bookings not available)
  • Basketball ring
  • Dog free roam area.
  • Public toilets
  • Tennis wall 
  • Walking track

For more information on dog free roam areas, please see the free roam, on leash and prohibited areas for pets page.

The Park is also home to Ballam Park Homestead, an historic home and museum from the 1850s run by the Frankston Historical Society.

Ballam Park play space

The new $3 million play space at Ballam Park, Karingal, has been designed to complement and connect with the existing Ballam Bumps playground, improve accessibility, enhance amenities for families, and provide a different type of play for children from toddlers to 12-years-olds. 

The play space features Frankston’s first water play as well as: 

  • Nature play including sand, pebbles, and sculpture play
  • Giant basket swing
  • Traditional swings
  • Accessible carousel
  • Sand play unit
  • Four new BBQs with eight hotplates
  • Three new shelters
  • Ten picnic tables
  • Bins
  • Bike hoops
  • Seats
  • 100 new trees
  • Drinking fountains
  • Improved accessibility and connections to the public toilets and car park

The new play space design is based on feedback from community members who advised that toddler play at Ballam Bumbs was difficult due to the nature of play styles and equipment, and the age of children using Ballam Bumps.  While the new play space is suitable for all ages, it includes play styles and equipment that are suitable and safe for toddles and younger children. 

Is the water used in the water jets safe to drink?

Yes, potable water is used.

What’s the frequency of the water play jets and are they on a timer?

The water play jets are activated by pressing the button on either of the two blue stands.  Once the button is pressed, the water jets run through a four-minute cycle, regardless of how many time the buttons are subsequently pressed.  Each cycle is designed to activate different jets and different times so that kids don’t know which jet will activate next.

Is the water play area on a timer and will it operate all year round?

The water jets will operate between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. during the summer season.  Operating hours will change after daylight savings time ends.  The water jets will operate year-round.

Where does the water from the water jets go?

The water play area drains into a creek that travels through the creek play area and on to passive irrigation of gardens and trees.

Ballam Park Dog Agility Park

The Dog Agility Park gives dogs a great way to exercise. They can weave, dodge, climb, balance, crawl and jump over hurdles until their hearts content.

The tennis court sized fully fenced dog park located along the rear fence line of Ballam Park features hurdles of differing heights, jump through hurdles, balance beams, a crawl tunnel, weave poles bridge and sit-stay platforms. There is also a grassed area with picnic facilities, seating and a drink tap with dog bowl.

The new park is an initiative of Council’s Domestic Animal Management Plan adopted in 2017, is made entirely of recycled material from local Carrum Downs business Replas and provides an ideal setting for dogs to socialise with other pets in a safe environment that allows off-leash exercise.



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