The playground has a nice outlook across the sporting fields. Through the trees on the far edge you can see (and hear) the traffic on James Ruse Drive. The playground can be enjoyed year round as it’s in full sun in the morning (great on these cool winter mornings) and is completely in natural shade by the afternoon.
The softfall playground has:
- Timber and rope bridge,
- Double slide,
- Rope ladder,
- Timber balancing posts
- Two swings (including a baby one)
- A Seesaw
There are also rocks framing one side of the playground that my children loved walking along.
Near to the playground are two shaded picnic tables and the toilets are also close by. There is exercise equipment just in from the corner of Webb and Gladstone Streets. And the area is also great to walk around and kick a ball with your kids.
The adjoining reserves boast a rich history. The area was formally used as a quarry and Barton street used to run all the way through the 7 hectare reserve. Hellas Parramatta football (soccer) club was started here in 1975. They were granted the land and converted it from a garbage tip into a reputable playing field. The club has changed a bit over the years and today is known as Parramatta City Football Club. Nowadays the sporting fields host a variety of events including a colour run (Festival of Colours, Parramatta), school athletics events and carnivals.
Finding Barton Park
The park is located in North Parramatta, not too far from Doyle ground, a couple of blocks past the dog park and towards Oatlands. Off street parking is available along Gladstone Street.