There is plenty to keep the kids happily occupied at the large, popular Francis Park in the Blacktown Showground Precinct. From traditional play equipment and a water playground to a flying fox, nature based play elements, plenty of grass to play on and bush to explore. Plus there is The Grounds Keeper Cafe.
The Council website gives the impression that there are three distinct playgrounds. However, it is more like three play sections within the one very large playground. Thankfully most of the play equipment at the playground now has a shade cloth over it. I remember visiting one mild spring day last year. At 10am you couldn’t go on the metal slides.
The playground isn’t fenced, but it is set well back from the road and is in a lovely bush setting.
Within the playground you will find:
- water playground, with amphitheatre like seating around the outside
- flying fox
- balance beams
- climbing rubix cube structure
- climbing play gym that is suitable for a range of ages as there are both high and low features
- birds nest swing and normal swings
- stepping stones
- spinning wheel and chair
- water pump and channels
- climbing hill
The water playground operates from 10am to 3.30pm during September to November (Spring) and March to May (Autumn). In summer (December to February), it operates from 9am until 6:30pm.
The Grounds Keeper Cafe opened their 2nd location here at the end of July 2016 (replacing Reflections Cafe) and is right next to the water playground.
If you sit outside, you will be able to see the kids playing on a quiet morning. For the train enthusiasts, you can do some train spotting from the park and the cafe. NOTE: they are CLOSED on Tuesdays.
Throughout the park, there are plenty of covered picnic tables, bbqs, park benches and pathways to ride or walk on. There are also two big open spaces, which you can kick a ball play around or fly a kite on. Right next to the water playground and cafe are toilets, with a change table in the disabled toilets.
Finding Francis Park
The Park is located within the Blacktown Showground Precinct and is also known by that name. There is a lot of on-site parking in two main car parks, both accessed via Richmond Road. The park is is also within walking distance of Blacktown train station.
Places of Interest Nearby
- Westpoint Shopping Centre
- Blacktown train station
- Fairwater Park