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New Extended Search Capability



Melbourne Playgrounds has just made it easier to search for a needle in a haystack - well, at least to search for a playground with BBQ, toilets and shade.

The Advanced Playground Search link in the top right corner of the home page provides a multitude of searching capabilities.

Let's take a few examples.

Extended Search Example 1





You want to organise a BBQ birthday party at a playground in summer close to Malvern. You need to find a playground within 5 km of Malvern with a shaded playground area, shelter, picnic tables and BBQ.

In the extended search screen, select Play Grounds from the dropdown list of activities, enter Malvern as the suburb, select a radius of 5 km and tick the boxes for Artificial Shade, Shelter, Picnic Table and BBQ. Then click on the GO button. Note: Don't select both Artificial Shade AND Natural Shade since ALL the facilities selected must be present for a playground to be displayed in the results list.

A list of playgrounds with rating, description and photos will be displayed so that you can make a choice of a suitable playground.

If you want to make a slight change to the search then hit the back button on your browser and adjust the search requirements.


Extended Search Example 2



Take the case where you want to meet a friend midway between your houses and take your children to an Indoor Play Centre. In the extended search screen, select Play Centres from the dropdown list of activities, enter the suburb where you plan to meet e.g. Northcote, and select a suitable radius e.g. 5 km. In this case the facilities all remain unticked. Then click on the GO button. A list of suitable Play Centres will be displayed.


Extended Search Example 3



Take the case where you are going to Beechworth for a holiday and want to find out what family activities are available in the region. In the extended search screen, select Outside Melbourne from the dropdown list of activities, enter Beechworth for the suburb and select a suitable radius e.g. 20 km. In this case the facilities all remain unticked. Then click on the GO button. An extensive list of family activities in the region will be displayed.


Extended Search Example 4




Take the case where you have a disabled child which means that the playground requires special attributes in order to be suitable. For example, an autistic child may need secure fencing in order to provide a suitable level of security for the parents. It is possible to search for a playground in any area (or even the whole of Melbourne) with secure fencing. A disabled person in a wheelchair can search for the playgrounds with a Liberty Swing.


Melbourne has a huge array of family activities and our new extended search has made them a lot easier to find.




  Reader Feedback  

brent      Posted:    12:28 PM December 30, 2012

Excellent, thank you. Another nice feature would be to filter on Star rating (show playgrounds with rating of 7 stars and above). Admin - We have put that on our improvement list.

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