While most of us have been at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, work has still continued on upgrading local playgrounds, parks and facilities. And there’s a lot to look forward to. Here are the 20 latest new parks, scooter/ bike tracks, playground upgrades, cafes and play areas in the greater Parramatta area and Western Sydney. The list starts with the newest kid on the block and goes backwards in time. We’ll keep updating this article as new, fun things for families open. Plus, scroll down to the bottom for a list of all the exciting new things COMING SOON! And if we’ve missed anything, PLEASE let us know!

1New Indoor Play Centre Opens – Tada Kids Cafe | Top Ryde City

2Tada Kids Cafe Top Ryde City

Address: Top Ryde City Shopping Centre, ground level | Summary: The much awaited new indoor play centre and cafe at Top Ryde Shopping Centre opened on 1st July. There’s a number of different play spaces and it’s been purpose-built for fun and little ones. | More Info |

3New Playground and Community Space, The Canopy | Lane Cove

Address: 2 Rosenthal Ave, Lane Cove | Summary: Formerly home to the Rosenthal Avenue car park, The Canopy is a new park, dining and community space. It has a village green, children’s playground, performance stage, restaurant precinct, Coles and Aldi supermarkets and a 500-space underground car park. | More Info |

4New Cafe at Ryde Park – Sotto on Ryde

View from the new cafe at Ryde Park over to the playground

Address: 30 Argyle Ave, Ryde | Summary: Sotto on Ryde cafe has opened in the space vacated by the Grounds Keeper Cafe last July. It’s open from 7am to 5pm daily and has a good selection on their kids menu. | More Info |

5New Drive-In Cinema | Fairfield Showgrounds

Address: Fairfield Showground, 443 Smithfield Rd, Wakeley | More Info |

6Themed Walking Trails | Various Local Bushwalks

Photo credit: Bluey TV Show

To help families enjoy safely exercising outdoors, ParraParents have set up 10 themed walking trails on local bush tracks. There’s four Bluey walks, Star Wars, Where’s Wally and ones focused on native animals and our natural environment. Guided by numbered signs, they make bushwalking with young kids easier and more exciting for the kids. While out enjoying our local bushland, we ask that you help keep them beautiful and healthy by picking up a few pieces of litter.

7People’s Loop, Parramatta Park | Parramatta

Address: Macquarie Street, Parramatta | Summary: The ‘People’s Loop’ is a new way to walk and cycle in the World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park. The trial will run for two months from 18th May 2020. | More Info |

8New Shade Sail and Picnic Shelters at Carmen Drive Reserve | Carlingford

Address: Carmen Drive, Carlingford | Summary: This new fenced playground opened in December 2020, with a new carpark and toilets. And recently shade sails and two picnic shelters have been added. | More Info |

9Upgraded Playground at Anzac Park | West Ryde

Address: Wattle Street, West Ryde | Summary: You’ll find a new fun playground nestled in under the large ‘autumn’ trees at Anzac Park. There’s a mixture of traditional play equipment plus some different items (like the monkey rope swings) and nature play elements. | More Info |

10New Toilets and Community Space at West Epping Park | Epping

11Upgraded Playground at Central Gardens Reserve | Merrylands

Address: Paton Street, Merrylands West | Summary: The new all abilities playground at Central Gardens is now complete. You’ll find it near the animal exhibit. | More Info |

12New Library and Community Centre | Wentworth Point

13Upgraded Playground at Carmen Drive Reserve | Carlingford

14New Sydney Zoo | Bungarribee Park, Doonside

Address: Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside | Summary: On the 3rd Sunday of the month, you can now ride mini trains at Nurragingy Reserve. Only stage 1 is open at the moment (100m track) and stage 2 which includes a 300m track extension and station will open next year.  | More Info |

16New Food and Play Precinct – The Laneway | Liverpool Catholic Club, Prestons

17Upgraded Playground at Homelands Reserve | Telopea

Address: Telopea Street, Telopea | Summary: The local playground at Homelands Reserve has been upgraded, with a more compact climbing play gym and a hoop added.  | More Info |

18New Indoor Play Centre – Kidsday Premium Kids Cafe | Meadowbank

19Upgraded Play Area at Carlingford Court

Address: Corner of Carlingford and Pennant Hills Roads, Carlingford | Summary: There’s a new cute ‘hive’ play area at Carlingford Court. And thankfully it’s no longer the saddest play area at a local shopping centre! Should keep little ones amused for a little bit |

20Upgraded Playground at Richill Park | Constitution Hill

Address: 16 Lurgan Street, Constitution Hill | Summary: The new playground at Richill Park is definitely for the more adventurous older child. But the hurricane swing should give everyone a little thrill. | More Info |

21Upgraded Playground at Ron Payne Park | North Epping

Address: end of Woods Street, North Epping | Summary: Toot, toot a train has pulled into the new playground at Ron Payne Park in North Epping, along with a cute set of little shops. | More Info |

Coming Soon!

Here are the ‘new’ things for families that we know are opening in the next month or so (in alphabetical order). And further down are the new things coming in the next year or so.

John Wearn Reserve Carlingford
John Wearn Reserve in Carlingford

Other Playground Upgrades and New Things Scheduled for Completion in 2020/21

Long Term Projects


  1. Visited Richill Park Constitution Hill. Don’t bother mostly broken, turned up shopping trolleys & rubbish everywhere.Such a pity.