Posted by barbara on August 24, 2011
Childrens playground, Blaxland Park, Sydney Olympic Park, Newington
It's an overcast Sunday morning in August and still the cars keep coming, to the point where their drivers are hovering to collar any parking space that looks like it's about to be vacated, such is the crush. Even with the heavens about to open, this wonderful new venue is clearly a delight for kids and families alike. A social gathering point par excellence that works for all ages.
And to think that it's free!
Who's having the most fun, the kids or their parents?
Where exactly is Blaxland Park? Think Silverwater Bridge, think the 2000 Olympics, find Holker Drive, Silverwater and head down Jamieson Street towards the Parramatta River. It's past Blaxland Common and has its own car park.
Why would you go if you didn't have kids? Because there are adult things to do including hanging out at riverfront cafes and hiring bikes so you can ride up and back to Parramatta or through the Olympic Village.
Once was a Commonwealth naval explosives depot, akka RANAD Newington
Blaxland Park puts the emphasis on exercise in the outdoors front and centre, and what an outdoors it is. The backdrop to this innovative park is the mighty Parramatta River, an extension of Sydney Harbour that rises and falls with the daily tides.
Today's fun and games are at odds with the unique history of this site. The cranes and quaint looking aqua buildings are just a fraction of the infrastructure of what was THE armament depot for Port Jackson and hence Sydney for most of the 1900s. Every naval ship berthing in the harbour was required to unload its explosives for safety inspections and storage at RANAD 'Newington' on the Parramatta River.
Last updated 4 April 2017.