There is another lovely new playground along the Parramatta River – this time in Melrose Park, along the Ryde River Walk. It is located between Meadowbank Park and George Kendall Reserve, on the border between Ryde and Parramatta Councils.
Set amongst trees and next to mangroves, with glimpses of Parramatta river, this nature based playground is best suited for toddlers up to primary school kids.
The main piece of play equipment is a wooden beam and rope climbing frame with slides. It has two sections, one for little ones and the other for older kids. Next to it there is a water pump with channels carved out of sandstone blocks that will keep the kids entertained and cool on a warm day – but I am betting they will need a change of clothes. There are also two swings, one for babies/ toddlers.
The Ryde River Walk (or Parramatta River cycleway) runs passed the playground and is a shared pathway. It is great for the kids to ride their bikes or scooters on but be very conscious of the fast moving cyclists.
The playground has a bark/ wood chip base and there is some natural shading over the playground, which should increase as the surrounding trees grow. There is also a bubbler, sandstone blocks to seat on around the playground and one cover park bench.
If you walk west along the river walk (a few hundred metres), you will come to a boat ramp that has toilets.
Finding Melrose Park in Melrose Park
The playground is located next to 90 Lancester Ave, Melrose Park. If you enter Melrose Park playground into Google Maps you will also be able to find it.