On a sunny winter’s day the playground you need is exactly the opposite to the one you need on a sunny summer’s day. Avoid those shade cloths and find a playground without.
If you are around the western suburbs, here’s a great one to head to, especially if you have older children as well as your under fives. PS Don’t forget the bikes and trikies.
Holroyd Gardens Park Playground
Aka Walpole Street Playground
Walpole Street Merrylands 2160
Website: www.holroyd.nsw.gov.au, Facilities and Leisure, Parks and Sports Grounds
There are really three play areas in this park. The under fives will first flock to their own space, a good playground especially for bold toddlers and preschoolers. It is colourful and bright and has a slide, climbing wall, roundabout and climbing frames.
Close to this is the seriously adventurous adventure playground. Large signs warn that young children need close supervision. The playground has big forts, very long slides, loop-the-loop slides, long tube slides, flying foxes, swaying suspension bridges, tyre walks, Roman rings and a lot more. This is not a playground built for the under fives at all and the ones who dare to try it will need careful attention and help.
Nearby is the Road Safety Training Track, a very elaborate bike track. It has a real road layout with roundabouts, road signs, pedestrian crossings, a refugee island and road humps. There are benches around the track.
As with the playground, there is no shade so it can get very hot. But shaded picnic tables are provided in the park, plus a rotunda and a large waterfall wall—all appreciated by the kids.
Nearest takeaway coffee: BYO
Toilets: Toilet block beside the carpark
Shade: Not nearly enough, not a park for hot days at midday.
Enclosed: No, but the playground is far from the road in a large park
Mum’s report: We enjoy it almost as much as the kids. It’s hard work for parents though as it really is too old for the under fives, so steer them towards the huge bike track after a while.
Map reference: Gregory’s 307 K10, Sydway 272 H2, UBD 210 Q10 See it on Google maps here.
Parking: Large free carpark by the playground, entrance from Walpole Street Nearest station: Merrylands is a 15–20 minute walk away
Bus stop nearby: Yes
Would your kids like to visit?
Have you visited already and, if so, what was their favourite part of the playground?
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