We love a park, that’s probably obvious by now. But what we especially love is when you happen upon a park somewhere where you least expect it or when you had no idea there was a park in that spot at all! That’s often the case in the back streets of suburbs in the Hills. Where you assume it’s all residential, but then you spy a lovely little park between houses or at the end of a street.
Sure, these little parks often don’t tick every box, such as toilets – but we don’t expect them to. And they’re usually not the newest or most flash but they’re more than fine for a morning play in the sun. And often these little gems, because they’re so hidden, are lovely and peaceful…. until we tell 16,000+ mums about them! Here are a few we know of that we love. Care to share your hidden gem?
Robert Park, Cherrybrook
Corner of Robert and Dalkeith Roads
Cherrybrook seems to be a suburb with a large proportion of parks. We know of at least three that are probably overlooked for the larger Lakes of Cherrybrook (because of through traffic and the ducks) and Edward Bennett Park.
Robert Park is one. It’s a pretty little park that’s fully fenced, has lots of shade and is very peaceful. There are a couple of benches and tables too which is good if you’re having lunch or are there with a group of people.
Gumnut Park, Cherrybrook
Corner of Gumnut and Holly Roads
Gumnut Park – cute name huh? This park is awesome! It looks like it’s had a fairly recent makeover. It’s pretty, has great equipment and a scooter path, some soft fall rubber and bark, a nice big patch of grass next to it, benches and is fully fenced. And there’s even some gym equipment if you fancy doing some chin ups while the kids play! The only downside is there’s no shade so it’s not great on a scorching hot day but perfect on a sunny winter’s one!
Lyne Road Reserve, Cheltenham
This brand new playground was built at Lyne Road Reserve Cheltenham in 2015 after the playground at Cheltenham Oval was bulldozed to make way for the Norwest Rail Project. The playground is located in a beautiful grassy reserve that’s designated as a dog off-leash area but to keep dogs and children separate the playground is fully fenced! The play equipment is made from timber and is beautiful. Some of the equipment can be a little challenging for toddlers and pre-schoolers but is perfect for school aged kids. You can tell the little car was designed by a parent with more than one child as it has TWO steering wheels to save quarreling between friends and siblings!
Larry Bolitho Reserve, Carlingford
Corner of Post Office Street and Young Road
This is probably the newest park in the hills. Located behind Bunnings in Carlingford this reserve and associated playground opened in March 2015. It’s fully fenced, there is plenty of shade, a path to scooter around and lots of space to kick a ball. We’re fans of soft fall rubber under play equipment but this playground goes one better – it has faux grass! Hubby says that’s just synthetic grass but a superior luscious version of it!
Twickenham Avenue Reserve, North Kellyville
Stage 1 of this playground has been complete with the opening of a kids learn-to-ride bike track! Work is expected to be completed in 2018 and includes new playground equipment.
Oxlade Reserve, North Kellyville
The new playground at Oxlade Reserve North Kellyville is now open. There is a junior play unit and swings, a flying fox, climbing net and handball courts. It is also shaded. There looks to be a good lot of green area surrounding it too, perfect for kicking a footy or just running wild! There is a broader plan for the surrounding area but for now the playground is good to go!
Fairway Drive, Kellyville
This playground opened earlier in 2017. There’s plenty to do here with swings, little play equipment and a slide for youngsters, a mound up to a slippery dip and a tee pee for imaginary play. There’s lots of green space and a basketball court. Some of the equipment is shaded but there are no toilets. The mulch used as the base isn’t great for crawlers and mums that like to wear sandals!
Kellyville Rotary Park, Kellyville
This one is pretty good! Nestled in a large open space there’s play equipment, swings (including nest swings), a little merry-go-round, monkey bars and plenty of green space to run around. It’s shaded by trees, there are no toilets and it’s not fenced (but set back enough from the road). And again, there’s the bark mulch!
Barker Street Reserve, Beaumont Hills
This park has a shaded picnic area and two play areas for different ages, a climbing rope structure and swings.
Ambleside Drive playground, Castle Hill
This is a sweet little suburban park surrounded by houses – it’s big, there’s plenty of grass, there’s play equipment, seating and some shade. While the equipment is pretty standard, our favourite thing about this park is the mini skate bowl for little ones learning to skate-board or scooter – it’s a great starting point. Parking is easy and while it isn’t technically fenced, it’s set a long way back from the road.
Westminster Park, Castle Hill
Corner of David Road and Westminster Drive
This park is technically in Castle Hill, but is about 10 metres from Cherrybrook. It’s a goodie as it’s fully fenced, has soft fall rubber under the equipment, there’s a toddler swing and it has a see-saw. Love a see-saw! There’s shade and a covered table and benches for lunching or snacking.
Wrights Road Reserve, Kellyville
This park has a fabulous array of equipment, suitable for young kids through to early primary school aged children. There are slides, ropes and imaginative play and all the equipment is under shade sails. There’s plenty of space to pull up a picnic blanket but unfortunately the benches and grassed area have limited shade. It isn’t fenced and has no toilet but definitely worth a visit.
The pirate park, Kings Langley
We’re probably being a little liberal with the term ‘park’ here. In reality it’s just a pirate ship, but it’s an awesome one. So if you’ve got a pirate crazy toddler they’ll love it.
Galston Recreation Reserve, Galston
412 Galston Road
Galstoners are probably familiar with this playground hidden behind the oval, but if you’re just driving past you could easily miss it. The wider recreation area would be good for families that have a variety of ages to please as there’s the playground, an oval with a bike/scooter path and a full blown skate bowl for more hard-core skateboarders.
Corner Ridgeline Dr and Mitta Way
This park is really pretty and also cool because it has three areas to it, which makes it a bit of an adventure. It’s surrounded by lovely shrubs and native plants which add to the adventure! There’s a focus on climbing it seems, with a huge climbing net and several other things to scale! It’s partially fenced and the greenery doubles as a bit of a fence as well. Two of the three play areas are covered with shade sails.
Piddington Street, The Ponds
Brand new, the equipment at this playground in the Hills is fabulous! A giant tree house, in-ground trampolines and a flying fox are all part of an award-winning playground. Unfortunately there is no shade and no toilets.
Henry Brigg Playground, Epping
Corner Essex St and Maida Rd
This one is brand new, only opening in August 2017. It contains swings, a boat for imaginary play and a lighthouse play structure. It’s also built on a rubber flooring which is great for crawlers and little ones! There are no toilets and it’s partially fenced.
We’re still trying to work out if it was a truck, fire engine or ambulance but who cares … it was good fun! This park isn’t huge and it’s not the greatest playground we’ve ever seen, but it’s in a pretty spot and it’s nice and close to the shops without being over-run with people. It’s got one of those cool spinning things that you sit on and mum or dad runs around like a maniac making it move – then it goes so fast that someone invariably flies off… awesome!
Sherwin Park, North Parramatta
This one is super cute! With a mini castle replica, there’s plenty to keep kids occupied. It isn’t fenced but is a long way from the road and there are toilets, swings and paths for scooters!
Fred Robertson Reserve, Oatlands
This cute new playground is great for little ones, with swings, a see saw and a play structure. There’s also a little path around it which is great for scooters! While there aren’t shade sails, the trees around it do provide some coverage. The only thing missing is a cafe……but thankfully a new one is opening up across the road called The Bells Road Social and based on the owners’ other cafe, it will be a REALLY good one! Stay tuned.
Barton Park, North Parramatta
This is a cute little playground located on the edge of the Barton Park playing fields. At first glance, it looks like it is one of the (rare) new fenced playgrounds, but alas it’s only partially fenced. Good news is, there’s no pesky bark flooring and there are toilets nearby.
Boronia Park, Epping
This one is a cracker! Located in the middle of Boronia Park, this playground has areas for older kids and younger kids, plenty of green space, BBQs, shade, toilets and is not far from coffee!
Endeavour Park, James Cook Drive, Kings Langley
This one is due to open any day and it looks cool! In addition to the play equipment it has BBQs and toilets and some shade too! Find out more here.
Twin Willow Reserve, Hawkesworth Parade, Kings Langley
Another great (brand new) playground in Kings Langley. If your little one likes to be a ninja warrior there is plenty for them to make a course out of! There is also the traditional play structure with slide and swings. Unfortunately it is not shaded and there are no toilets.