Nestled among Chatswood’s skyscrapers, the retail shopping precinct and residential apartment blocks is revamped playground at Chatswood Park. It’s in an ideal spot for families – next to a skate park and a sports oval! Clare Mathie went along to put it to the test.
A playground makeover at Chatswood Park has delivered brand new equipment that caters for families with toddlers through to tweens, and the re-developed space is becoming increasingly popular since it re-opened.
It’s a great place for kids to explore – particularly if you live in a nearby unit block (like me) and crave green, open space for the kids to run free, when the kids need a break from being dragged around the shops, or if they just need to burn off energy by running around on the weekend!
The upgraded playground equipment includes:
- a basket swing
- a triple swing set which includes an accessible swing with a back rest
- two in-built mini trampolines
- an embankment slide
- and a rope climbing frame and slide
There’s also a picnic table, a water cooler – after all playing is thirsty work – plus five wooden benches dotted around the playground. There’s space to spread out a blanket for a picnic too.
The playground is fully fenced and there’s rubber soft fall on the ground to minimise the hurt from any tumbles.
The surrounding gardens have been re-planted and existing big trees provide a shade canopy which is welcome in summer but can make the playground a little chilly in winter time.
There’s a toilet block close by with a unisex wheel-chair accessible cubicle.
In the works…
The centrepiece of the playground will be a soon-to-be-unveiled giant interactive kookaburra sculpture which the kids can clamber over.
The neighboring skate park is the only one in the local area and Willoughby City Council has plans to upgrade it too as part of the improvements being made to the park.
For now, kids can ride their boards, bikes and scooters there but it’s in need of an overhaul. At the moment, there’s a concrete open bowl, a return bank, a fun box and ledges and rails at different heights which suit kids at different skill levels.
It was built about 20 years ago and is old and run down. The surface is fairly worn and rough and parts of it have been sprayed with graffiti. But that doesn’t seem to stop kids from performing tricks decked out in their helmets plus elbow, knee and ankle protectors.
Also on-site: Chatswood Oval
Chatswood Oval backs onto both the playground and the skate park.
The grass surface is well-kept, there are football goals at each end, a scoreboard, and a covered grandstand with seating. The ground is regularly used by a local rugby club in winter and cricket team in summer on weekends and occasionally the Chatswood Rangers soccer club use the field too.
On game days, there’s often a BBQ sausage sizzle and a coffee van on-site.
During the week, locals are spotted walking their dogs, groups are practicing Tai Chi, and joggers are making their way around the Oval.
And there’s space for kids to kick a ball, hit a cricket ball for six or run about playing a game of chasey.
There’s also an outdoor gym on the edge of the Oval to do different physical exercises like chin-ups and sit-ups.
The Oval is also slated for a future Council upgrade.
- Address: Orchard Road, Chatswood. The playground is at the northern end of Chatswood Park and is bounded by Orchard Road, Albert and Chapman Avenues plus the North Shore railway line.
- Getting there: Chatswood Park is a short walk from Chatswood Train Station (about 200 metres) or from the Bus Interchange (about 500 metres). There’s a series of pedestrian and bike paths you can use to ride to the Park. There’s up to two hours of free parking in the streets surrounding the park and the nearby shopping complexes offer three hours free parking.
- Closest Coffee: There are lots of places within walking distance. One favourite is Elbow Room in Spring Street, Chatswood
For more ideas of things to do on and around the North Shore, browse our Out & About section.