531–565 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
With a pleasant setting alongside the Cooks River, Steel Park is a favourite local spot for gatherings and parties, particularly during the summer months. The park has a playground, a waterplay area, a sporting ground, an extensive bike path, a covered picnic area, seating, barbecues and toilet facilities.
The playground at Steel Park features a variety of equipment, including a large climbing net, two slides, swings and spring rockers. A highlight for older children is the huge flying fox. The playground has a rubber softfall and woodchip surface. Much of it receives excellent shade from mature leafy trees. While the playground can get very busy on warm days at the weekend and during the holidays, it is mostly quiet during the week.
Steel Park’s waterplay area, which operates between 10 am and 6 pm from early October until late March each year, is well suited to young children. With an eco-friendly design, the water play area has three main parts: a ‘source’, representing water flowing from the mountains, a river section, and an estuary feature with various jets and sprays. Shadecloth covers much of this area. Also one part of the water play area is fully fenced to help contain littlies. The toilet facilities, including a baby change station, are next to the water play area.
Apart from the small fenced section of the waterplay area mentioned above, Steel Park is unfenced, so please take care with young children, especially near the car park and also by the river.
On Wednesdays the beloved Magic Yellow Bus, a council initiative, visits Steel Park from 9.30 am–12 pm. The bus is located next to the Debbie and Abbey Borgia Recreation Centre, at the corner of Illawarra Road and Thornley Street. Be sure to check the Inner West Council’s Twitter feed for updates on the Magic Yellow Bus, including cancellations.
Parking is available in a car park adjoining Steel Park or along Illawarra Road. Note that at peaks times it can be difficult to secure a spot. If you are arriving by public transport, Marrickville Station is about a 15-minute walk; alternatively the 423 bus will take you right there.
Popular modern Greek and Australian cafe Georgia’s Kitchen is just one block from the park, at 527 Illawarra Road (the corner of Thornley Street). Georgia’s Kitchen is open Tuesday–Sunday.
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