A visit to Granville Park is a regular weekday outing for us on a warm day….though we are a little spoilt for choice now when it comes to free ways to cool off with kids. It is just a few minutes south of Parramatta and 500m from Merrylands station.
We really love the water playground and traditional playground right next to it, parking is easy, there are picnic facilities and lots of open grassed space to run around. NOTE: the water playground is currently CLOSED due to the upgrade works at Granville Park and the relocation of the pumping station. No time has been given yet as to when it is likely to re-open.
Laurie Ferguson Water Playground
This large water playground is now maintained by Cumberland Council. There is something about it we find relaxing and really enjoyable, which means we very often make the 15min drive there rather then just walking across the road to Dundas Park. Not sure if it is the fact that the space is big and not as packed with water features. Or that there is a set of water fountains that are very well suited for little ones. It could also be that it isn’t as busy and has a nice open outlook over the sporting fields. Whatever the reason we really love it here.
There are two sections to the water playground. To operate the smaller area, best suited to little ones, there is a sensor button on the floor near the concrete seat wall. For the other area, there is a short pole in the middle with a sensor button on top.
Right next to the water playground, is a medium sized traditional playground with synthetic grass. It is great for toddlers through to early primary school aged kids.
Within the playground, you will find:
- three swings (one for babies/ toddlers)
- climbing play gym castle, with cubby house, slide and pretend shop
- another rope climbing structure
- monkey bars
- chain, stepping stone bridge
- rope ladders
- twirling twister
- spider climbing wall
Keep in mind that there is only shade in the afternoon from the surrounding trees. It can get very hot here in the morning on a sunny day, particularly on the swings and ground, which is hard when the kids are going back and forth from the water playground.
This large park has 10 sporting fields, a skate park, toilets, BBQs, shaded seating, picnic tables and a wide path for walking or riding on, plus on-site and street parking.
the toilets are about a 80m walk away from the playgrounds
A new addition is a lovely set of information boards with stories of the history of the park.
Finding Granville Park
Granville Park is just a bit south of the M4. The playgrounds are best accessed from Montrose Ave, Merrylands and there is free on-site and street parking. Granville Park is also within walking distance of Merrylands station and Stockland Merrylands.