Did you know that Strathfield Park has not one but two playgrounds? On the Homebush Road side of the park, there is the recently redeveloped adventure playground. And on the Chalmers Road side, there is a smaller scale playground featuring all-abilities equipment and an excellent bike and scooter track.
Beyond the two playgrounds, Strathfield Park includes several playing fields and courts, so there’s plenty of wide-open space for children to explore. Toilets are located in the middle of the park, a short walk from both playgrounds.
The adventure playground
As far as kids playgrounds go, the recently redeveloped adventure playground at Strathfield Park is seriously good!
This playground, situated on the Homebush Road side, has an excellent range of high-quality equipment to entice various ages and abilities. As one of the newest, most comprehensive playgrounds in the Inner West, the playground does get quite busy, particularly at the weekend, so we suggest arriving early or late in the day.
The play area for older children features an enormous play tower with four giant tube slides to keep your thrill-seekers happy. There’s a hammock swing and small slide. And there are several climbing nets and a climbing wall too. Another highlight of this section is the triple flying fox, which goes very, very fast! The older children’s play area is not covered with shadecloths and can get quite hot.
Adjacent to the area for older children is a section featuring a range of appealing equipment for younger children: a smaller climbing structure, wooden teepees, a see-saw, stepping and balancing structures, a large inclined drum and a musical sculpture. This area does not have any shadecloths either, but it does receive some shade from the surrounding trees.
In the far corner of the playground you’ll find even more equipment suitable for young children: small climbing structures and slides, a carousel, a fire truck rocker, an interactive sensory maze and a saucer. There’s a selection of swings, including three regular swings, a nest-style swing, a hammock swing and a boat swing. A highlight of this section is the multidirectional nest swing which is suspended from a large arching pole. Several features in these latter two sections are suitable for all abilities. This section is covered by three large sailcloths.
Throughout the playground there is a combination of rubber soft fall and synthetic grass surfaces. The playground is not fenced but it is set well back from Homebush Road and has dense landscaping around it and some strategic fencing. Meandering paths, shrubs and well-established native and exotic trees, a small bridge over a rocky creek bed and natural features all make for a very pleasant setting. There is a good amount of seating on the sandstone walls surrounding all of the equipment and some benches.
The Homebush Road playground area has five small shelters which are popular for children’s parties. BBQ facilities are also available.
Street parking is easily available on Homebush Road and in the nearby streets.
The Chalmers Road playground
Surrounded by mature native trees and shrubs, the Chalmers Road playground has a lovely ambience and makes a welcome change from the bustle of the adventure playground. It is well suited to younger children.
This playground features a number of pieces of all-abilities equipment, including an equal-access swing, an appealing red train and a shaded structure with various interactive play features.
The Chalmers Road Playground also has a well-designed bike and scooter track, complete with gently sloped winding paths, road markings, signs and parking bays.
This playground also has a rubber soft fall surface. There are three picnic shelters within the Chalmers Road playground area and some seating along a sandstone wall.
There are parking bays on Chalmers Road adjacent to the play area. While this playground is also unfenced, some fencing separates the playground from the parking area. If you’re approaching by foot from the adventure playground, simply follow the path that cuts through the middle of the park past the toilets.
All images © Ginny Grant
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