My sister suggested Walpole Street Reserve located in Merrylands. When I googled the park, I found out that it used to be a dump! My initial reaction was I am not going to an old dump, it will smell....
Well I was very wrong, this was no dump at all. There is plenty of grass for the kids to run around on, there are BBQ facilities, clean toilets, a small and big playground, a pond (with real ducks) and the main attraction a bike track built just like a normal street with stop signs, roundabouts and pedestrian crossings.
I also went to the big play ground, it was fun climbing the ropes and the rock climbing wall. There wasn't anything bad about the park, it was so huge I didn't get a chance to explore it all.
There was plenty of space to choose from to sit and eat our picnic lunch. The bike track was a hit, the track was big enough for the kids to keep them riding without being bored but small enough that you can keep an eye out for mishaps (and yes there were some). The track is a great way to reinforce bike safety rules and learn to abide the normal street rules.
The playgrounds had so much to offer, they were not just your traditional swings and slides. There were lots of kids about but due to the size of the park, it never felt crowded. As we went on an autumn day we soaked in the sun, but in summer it may be an issue as there is not a lot of shade available. We will be back there again.
- The park can be called Holroyd Gardens or Walpole Street Reserve
- It is open Monday to Friday – 7.00am to 5.00pm and Weekends – 9.00am to 5.00pm
- The park is located at the corner of Walpole and Pitt Streets, Merrylands NSW.
- Merrylands is approximately a thirty minute drive from Sydney central
- For more information visit the Holroyd City Website