If you are looking for a fab Merrylands park to take the kids for a play, look no further than Granville Park, it’s got the lot.
What does your heart desire from a park? Perhaps some lush green grass for a picnic? Shoot some basketball hoops? Play a little cricket? Cool off under buckets of water on a hot summer day? Skateboarding? Granville Park offers all this and much more!
by Fathima Mohsin
My family of four frequently visit this huge park and it really is suitable for whatever you would need from a wide open green space. It is located in Merrylands in Western Sydney and offers a variety of dedicated spaces, including a children’s playground, a splash park (only operating in warmer months), a basketball court, cricket pitch, footy ground, skate park (for skateboarding and cycling) and a netted practice pitch.
There is a walking and cycling path meandering around the full perimeter of the park, which is also perfect if you happen to be pushing a heavy stroller around like me.
Additionally if you feel the sudden urge to do step-ups or other light exercises, you could utilise the outdoor fitness equipment located beside the walking path, along Merrylands Road (with convenient instruction boards on how to use the equipment as well).
I have observed a variety of lovely birds in the area so keep your eyes open for the ever popular rainbow lorikeet, sulphur crested cockatoo and grey and pink galah.
There are several benches (the ones surrounding the kids play area are shaded), picnic tables and a barbecue facility. The centre of the park is all grass and there are usually cricket or soccer games going on.
Granville Park is very popular and while not overcrowded, it is always lively. However since it is so large, you can always find a quiet spot of grass to kick ball or run with kids.
Our most recent outing to this park was on a warmish winter evening a week ago. My son, who is four years old, greatly enjoyed climbing at the playground. He then wandered off to kick ball with his dad and then did a bit of wrangling with a remote control car over the grass.
The playground is easily accessible from the Montrose Avenue car park. It offers conventional play equipment with plenty of climbing frames, swings (including one for toddlers), see-saw and a slide. There are no sun sails overhead and it gets warm during sunny mornings, however a line of tall trees to the west provides adequate shade in the evening hours.
The splash park (or water playground) is right next to the traditional playground. It is usually bustling in the warmer months and offers fountains, sprays and tipping buckets to keep kids cool and giggling. At one end, it has short stubby fountains suitable for toddlers (or anyone less adventurous). The water is recycled, as well as turns off automatically to minimise water wastage.
Granville Park was opened in 1887 and has had a long and colourful history which has been described on some information boards located near the play equipment. Have a read while you are there!
Montrose Ave, Merrylands NSW 2160
Coffee: Granville Park is conveniently located next to McDonalds and just across the road from Hungry Jacks and KFC. The closest takeaway coffee would be McDonalds Granville, you could walk into the park directly from their car park.
Toilets: There are toilets close to the basketball hoop and netted practice pitch, about 100 m from the playground. Another toilet is located near the splash park but is not always open.
Shade: Line of trees to the west of playground equipment provides shade in the evening. The splash park has sun sails. The perimeter of the park is lined with shady trees.
Mum’s report: It is a lovely park to spend an evening in; it offers plenty of grass and space for everyone. The playground equipment is perhaps most suitable for primary school children and is unlikely to excite teenagers.
Parking: Parking is ample and free, with the main car park accessible from Montrose Avenue. The car park closes at 8 pm, however the park itself is open till 10:30 pm.
Train: The closest train station is Merrylands station which is 700 m away.
Bus stop nearby: Yes, on Montrose Avenue and on Woodville Road.
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