Situated at the corner of Moore and Catherine Streets, Leichhardt, War Memorial Park is a lovely spot for playtime, picnics and children’s birthday parties. The park has ample open grassy space, a playground and a spectacular old Moreton Bay fig tree as the centrepiece.
The playground underwent a major upgrade in 2016, with new equipment installed to appeal to a broader range of ages.
The original large play structure with various climbing and balancing features remains.
Kids can choose from three swings: a baby swing, a traditional belt-style one and a nest-style swing.
For the littlies, there is a low climbing structure with a small slide and a bus-themed structure with various interactive elements. There’s also a small rocker.
A large tipee-style climbing fort with a longer slide challenges older children.
A favourite among small and big kids alike is the in-ground trampoline.
The playground area receives plenty of shade from surrounding established trees. The majority of the playground has a synthetic grass surface, but the older kids’ climbing structure has a woodchip base. While the playground is not fenced, it is in the far corner of the park, some distance from the two roads.
A new picnic setting, a large bench, drinking fountains and landscaping were introduced as part of the upgrade. The park has toilet facilities which have also been renovated.
Dogs may exercise off leash in the southern part of the park but must be on leash on the northern side and are not permitted within 10 metres of the playground.
If you’re taking public transport, the 370 and 470 buses both stop right by the park. Also the light rail stops at Catherine Street, Lilyfield, which is approximately 5 or so minutes from the park by foot.
For those in search of coffee, popular local cafe Brew Ha Ha Coffee Roasters is just a short stroll along Catherine Street (at Piper Street). Also on Moore Street (heading towards Balmain Road) is The Local Tart.
Images © Ginny Grant
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