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!

1Upgraded Playground at Pierre de Coubertin Park | Newington

2New Park in Denistone East | Kings Park

3New Ninja Warrior Style Playground at Koonoona Park | Villawood

Address: Corner of Koonoona and Karella Avenues in Villawood

4Granville Centre – Upgraded Community Centre and Library | Granville

5Upgraded Playground at George Gollan Reserve | Oatlands

6Upgraded Chisholm Centre with Street Library | Winston Hills

7Upgraded Playground at Tiara Place Park | Granville

8Upgraded Playground at Sir Thomas Mitchell Reserve | Dundas Valley

9Upgraded Playground at Winton Avenue Reserve | Northmead

10New Cafe Next to Halvorsen Park | Ermington

View of the playground at Halvorsen Park from the new Cafe W

11Upgraded Playground at Deakin Park | Silverwater

Address: Beaconsfield Street, Silverwater | Summary: Gone is the log cabin style climbing play gym at Deakin Park. In it’s place is bright orange play equipment and a scooter track around the outside. | More Info |

12New Indoor Play Centre Opens – Tada 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 |

Address: Park Road, Rydalmere | Summary: There’s a new state-of-the-art synthetic sports field, on the northern side, of Rydalmere Park. | More Info |

14New 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 |

15New 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 |

16Themed 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.

17People’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 |

18New 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 |

19Upgraded 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 |

20New Toilets and Community Space at West Epping Park | Epping

21Upgraded 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 |

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.

  • Cuto Kids Cafe at Marina Square in Wentworth Point – expected to open early October
  • Dundas Park, Dundas Valley (upgraded sports amenities building)
  • Edwin Ross Reserve, Carlingford (new playground) – expected completion October
  • Eric Primrose Reserve – separation of cycleway and pedestrian path from Rydalmere Wharf to Silverwater Bridge (expected completion October)
  • Fred Robertson Reserve, Oatlands (shade sail being added)
  • John Wearn Reserve, Carlingford (park upgrade) – expected completion now October/ November 2020
  • Max Ruddock Reserve, Winston Hills (new playground) – expected completion December 2020
  • Milson Park and Shannons Paddock, Westmead (park upgrade)
  • Paperbark Playground, Parramatta Park (new toilet block) – expected completion October 2020
  • Putney Park, Putney (new toilet block next to south playground) – expected completion now September
  • Roger Gregory Playground, Winston Hills (new playground) – expected completion October 2020
  • Storybox Parramatta
  • Vitaland Kids Cafe at Rhodes Waterside – expected to open early October
  • Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library has a cafe opening soon
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.