Timbrell Park, Henley Marine Drive, Five Dock
Livvi’s Place, Five Dock is a much-loved award-winning playground that encourages children of all abilities to play side by side. A joint initiative of the Touched by Olivia Foundation, the City of Canada Bay and Leighton Contractors, this popular inclusive playground was upgraded and expanded in 2016.
The playground, which is fenced, offers plenty of space for kids to roam and play. It’s a pleasant setting with native vegetation, winding paths, tactile artwork, musical sculptures and some seriously fun equipment for a range of ages and abilities. There are swings, slides, tunnels, spinners, bridges, tandem stampede riders, climbing nets and more. There are paths to follows or ride along and ramps to explore.
A popular piece of equipment for young children is the spinning teacup.
A real highlight among children aged 4 and up is the dual all-abilities flying fox.
There’s also a series of bike or scooter paths with signs teaching about road safety.
After a long period of being out of action, the customised all-abilities merry-go-round was recently fixed but once again it was not working on the day we visited.
There are also two sandpit areas and a water play feature. The sandpits with the water feature is not in the best condition, with lots of leaves and woodchips mixed into the sand, not that this seems to bother the little ones!
Shade is provided by a series of sail cloths and established trees.
On Mondays at 10 am during the school term Storytime is held at Livvi’s Place Five Dock. This free warm community event usually includes a selection of songs, a few stories and a fun art/craft activity. There is a closed Facebook group dedicated to Storytime: Friends of Livvi’s Place Five Dock.
Barbecues and wheelchair-accessible sheltered picnic tables are located within the fenced area. Toilets with changing facilities are located directly outside the playground.
Livvi’s Cafe, a social enterprise supporting the Touched by Olivia Foundation, is situated directly outside the gates of the playground. The cafe serves coffee, other beverages, pastries, sandwiches and more. Choose between a covered seating area or take away. The cafe is situated right by the roadside so take away is best if you have a child who likes to wander.
Beyond the playground, there’s plenty of open grass for kite flying or ball games and paths for bikes in Timbrell Park.
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