Overlooking Parramatta River, and Rhodes, is Memorial Park. It runs down a hill in between the T1 Northern train line and Meadowbank Park.
The lovely, tranquil bushlands of the park contain a great nature based playground, bbqs, picnic facilities and a war memorial.
The playground opened in April 2015 and is in the middle of the park at the top, near Meadow Crescent. There are no shade sails over the playground but good shade from the surrounding trees, particularly in the morning and afternoon. With time, there should be more shade in the heat of the day.
Spread over two levels, the play equipment is better suited to preschoolers and young primary school kids but there are swings for toddlers and a toddler play gym, plus a water pump and sand to play in (though there wasn’t much sand there when we last visited).
The playground has:
- 4 swings, including two with bucket seats
- rope tunnel bridge
- 3 different slides
- climbing walls
- two play gyms
- water pump and sand
- large wooden cicadas to climb on
Running through the park, from top to bottom, is a walkway commemorating those who served in World War II. Along the path are 42 small pillars engraved with the names of all the countries where Australians fought during World War II. Set in the top of the pillars are stones from the named country and there are rosemary bushes between each pillar.
The walkway leads down to the World War I memorial.
Around the playground are bbqs and picnic shelters and tables. We have enjoyed having bbq dinners here in summer and it’s great that you can cook while the kids play in the playground. There are toilets at the top right hand corner of the park, at the corner of Meadow Crescent and Bank Street.
The River Walk runs along the bottom of the park and is great for the kids to ride on. There’s also access to the water, and a sandy beach, from the walkway. My boys love watching the ferries from here and construction taking place at Wentworth Point.
It’s worth packing the beach toys as it’s a good patch of sand to build sand castles on. Just be mindful that there can be broken glass around and it a dog off leash area.
And if you’re looking for other sandy beaches along Parramatta River to build sand castles at, see our article with our seven favourite spots.
Finding Memorial Park
Memorial Park is on the north side of Parramatta River, in between Meadowbank Park and John Whitton Bridge, which is next to Meadowbank wharf. It is also a short walk from Meadowbank train station. Free street parking is available on Meadow Crescent.
If you are coming along the River walk with a pram (either from Meadowbank Park or Meadowbank wharf), there’s a path in the middle of the park without stairs – just take it around to the right. There’s another path near the bridge that has a few stairs but you could possibly push the pram on the sloped grass next to the path.