Portland and Mitchell Streets, Enfield
A large park located in Enfield, Henley Park is a favourite recreational spot among locals. The facilities are excellent, including Enfield Aquatic Centre, multiple sports fields, cricket nets, an extensive exercise track and equipment, barbecues, picnic shelters, drinking fountains, toilets, change rooms, a kiosk, an outdoor chess set and two fenced playgrounds with engaging equipment for young and older children. Henley Park’s facilities have recently benefited from significant upgrades.
The small fully fenced playground, on the Mitchell Street side, is especially suited to crawling babies, toddlers and young children. It has a rubber softfall surface (great for crawlers and new walkers!) and is well covered by shade sails. The equipment includes various structures for climbing and a double swingset. Do keep in mind that this playground is quite some distance from the amenities block!
Next to this fenced playground is the flying fox, which is popular with older children.
Nearest to Portland Street, a second large enclosed playground provides a range of equipment mainly suited to older children (although some pieces here are suitable for younger kids, too). Like the smaller playground, there is a soft rubber surface and shade sails. This playground has various pieces of equipment to encourage climbing, sliding, jumping, swinging and imaginary play. A number of the items here are inclusive, such as the supportive swing adjacent to the playground.
On Wednesdays from 10 am–12 pm, Burwood Council’s Mobile Playvan, an outdoor playgroup for children aged 0–6 years and their parents and carers is held at Henley Park in front of the amenities block near the larger fenced playground. Activities include games, storytelling, art and craft. The cost is a gold coin donation per family.
Next to the large fenced playground is an amenities complex with toilets and bubblers. There are also four barbecues in this area. There is some unshaded seating in this area.
On the Mitchell Street side, near the smaller fenced playground, Henley Park has five undercover areas with tables and seating, ideal for a picnic lunch. Do be aware that there is an off-leash dog area right nearby.
A 1.5-kilometre pathway runs around the park, and is a popular spot for walking with prams or dogs and riding bikes and scooters. Some of the fitness equipment is still under construction.
Situated at the northern end of the park, Enfield Aquatic Centre, run by Burwood Council, features a 50-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre indoor pool, water play park and toddler pool. The aquatic centre is open all year around.
Enfield Aquatic Centre has a kiosk attached to it. Also Flower Power, across the road from the small fenced playground, has a cafe.
There is plenty of parking surrounding the park, both dedicated bays and general street parking.
Reviewed by Lisa Giurissevich
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