We reckon we’ve figured out the top 12 parks for babies and toddlers around the Ryde area. What’s our criterion we hear you ask? Here’s what we’re looking for:
- low to the ground play equipment
- low-risk equipment
- a designated baby/toddler area that bigger (aka faster, louder, more rambunctious) kids won’t be interested in
- fenced or safe from the road
Anzac Park, West Ryde
Wattle St, West Ryde
This recently upgraded playground is a winner for kids young and old. We love that the area for young children has soft fall ground. You’ll also find toilets and good parking.
Boronia Park, Epping
37 Bridge Street, Epping
Boronia Park is a 4.9 hectare Park located in Epping. Upgraded a few years ago, the playground has equipment to suit all ages and is split across 3 areas.
Buffalo Creek Reserve, Hunters Hill
177 Pittwater Road, Hunters Hill
Call your pals, bring a picnic and settling in at Buffalo Creek Reserve, Hunters Hill. There’s lots of space and plenty of greenery, but the part the kids will love is the play equipment – and don’t forget scooters!
Halvorsen Park, Ermington
40 Seamist Avenue, Ermington
A nearby cafe, green space, on the river and 20kms of cycleway – what’s not to like about Halvorsen Park in Ermington?
Hughes Park, Lane Cove West
314 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove West
Train-loving toddlers will adore this playground and so will the parents -there’s coffee nearby, soft fall ground and plenty of seating. There’s even a community garden, exercise equipment and BBQs if you’re inclined to bring some sausages for dinner.
Lions Park, West Ryde
Corner Victoria Road and Shaftsbury Road West Ryde
This playground has great parking, easy pram access, a sweet little slide with only a couple of soft-fall steps and a sandpit. It’s also fenced and very spacious!
McIlwaine Park – Brays Bay Reserve, Rhodes
Corner of Concord Road and Mary Street in Brays Bay Reserve, Rhodes
Set on the Parramatta River, this playground is split into two sections – younger kids and older kids. The younger kids section is smaller and fully fenced so you might even get to sit down and relax for a minute while taking in the view.
Memorial Park, Meadowbank
Constitution Rd, Meadowbank
Memorial park is a lovely nature-inspired playground on the banks of the Parramatta River. In the top section, well away from the water, there is a great little slide and swings that little kids will love.
Monash Park, Gladesville
Ryde Rd, Gladesville
Small, fenced and fun Monash park is a great one for little kids with inbuilt trampolines, a small slide, swings and a picnic table to enjoy morning tea. The only downside is all that bark ground.
Rhodes Foreshore Park
142 Shoreline Dr, Rhodes
Not too big, shaded, fenced, astroturf ground, coffee close by, on the riverfront. Need we say more!? ;p
Corner of Princes Street and Argyle Street
For that park and coffee combo, Ryde Park is a winner. There’s some great play equipment for young ones and a cafe right next to the playground.
West Epping Park
Dent St, Epping
West Epping Park playground is HUGE but there is a great little shaded area that younger kids will enjoy. It’s a perfect park to take kids of varying ages, as there is something for everyone.