New Sydney Playgrounds Opening in 2021
Parks and playgrounds are an absolute lifeline for parents with rambunctious youngsters—especially when large gardens and outdoor spaces at home just aren’t a reality for the majority of Sydney kids.
Luckily, in addition to the great existing range of playgrounds that pepper our city, there are a fair few new and upgrades to existing ones in the works, too. Here’s what you need to know.
New Sydney Playgrounds Opening in 2021
1. TreeTops Adventure St Ives Showground
The adventures at one of Sydney's biggest adventure playgrounds have just reached new heights! A brand-new TreeTops Adventure is coming to St Ives Showground this December and we can't wait to scale high above the trees. If it's been a while since you've stopped by St Ives Showground, you might have missed that a huge new adventure playground opened at the end of 2020, and with the addition of the new TreeTops Adventure, St Ives Showground is shaping up to be one of the coolest adventure spots in Sydney!
2. Barracluff Park and Playground Upgrade, North Bondi
Coming imminently to North Bondi, the Barracluff Park and playground upgrade is an eagerly awaited one within the Eastern suburbs community.
The plan involved increasing the target age range for play equipment and experiences, improving seating, picnic settings and drinking fountains, and improving universal access to the playground and through the park. The playground was due to double in size and include nature and wild play areas, better equipment and a tennis wall.
Targeted at ‘all ages’ and due for completion any day now, we can’t wait to try out the new Barracluff Park playground in the coming weeks!
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3. Wentworthville Memorial Swimming Centre
Please note that the pool is currently closed due to Covid-19.
Finally, a new playground that's open, well, a water playground that is! The Wentworthville Memorial Swimming Centre has opened after a mega $12+ million-dollar makeover and over two years of works being done and just wait until you take a look at the new digs. Additions to the new Wentworthville pool include a brand-new Olympic-sized swimming pool, lifts for people with disabilities, a new learn-to-swim pool, a splash pad, children’s playground with pirate ship, changing rooms, and a new kiosk.
4. Arthur Phillip Park, Northmead
As part of a huge upgrade to Arthur Phillip Park in Northmead, there is a new playground incoming! The proposed playground has been designed to be an accessible play space for users of all physical abilities—shifting the focus away from disability, and encouraging all users to play together, ensuring that all areas of the playground are exciting engaging and challenging for everyone.
As part of a staged delivery plan, the concept plan for the playground will include a large natural play area, including opportunities for children to engage with natural materials such as logs, balance beams, steppers, climbable boulders and cubby house structures! As additional funding becomes available a new nature-based water playground is on the agenda for Arthur Phillip Park.
There’s no current completion date for this upgrade, but we’re hopeful it won’t be too long!
5. Ernest Pedersen Reserve Playground, Glebe
Alongside increasing wildlife habitat and garden beds, the upgrade to Ernest Pedersen Reserve in Glebe includes a redesigned play area for younger children, as well as new play equipment for nature play including a sandstone balance wall, stepping stones and logs, a timber swing and a see-saw and bark mulch and softball.
The work is due to be completed mid-late July and will be suitable for toddlers through to primary school-aged children.
6. Campbelltown Billabong Parklands, Campbelltown
Ok, it’s not due for completion until November 2022, but we couldn’t not mention Campbelltown Billabong Parklands; and the incredible $31 million state-of-the-art water recreation space that will grace the city next year.
The project includes a range of recreational water play facilities, landscaped areas, parklands and amenities over the four-hectare site, including a stream, swimming lagoon and a zero-depth play area.
Stay tuned, Sydneysiders!
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