If you are looking for something new to do with your kids, 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 will 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!

1New Fenced Playground at Livvi’s Place Elara | Marsden Park

Address: Corner Elara Boulevard and Northbourne Drive, Marsden Park | Summary: Livvi’s Place Elara bring the number of inclusive playgrounds by Touched by Olivia in Sydney to six. These large fenced playgrounds are for kids of all abilities and some of the best in Sydney. The main attraction of Livvi’s Place Elara for us is the dinky track – purpose built scooter/ bike track – within the fenced playground. There is also a water playground, flying fox, merry go round, swings and a big slide. Plus, picnic tables, BBQs and toilets. | More Info |

2New Outdoor Youth Space at Meadowbank Park | Meadowbank

Address: Constitution Road, West Ryde (opposite Federal Road) | Summary: A brand new outdoor youth space has just opened in the large Meadowbank Park. The highlights are the BIG skate ramps and bowls, plus the rock walls. There are very few outdoor youth spaces around sadly. So this is very exciting news for the area and young people! | More Info |

3New Playground at Bankwest Stadium | Parramatta

Address: O’Connell Street, Parramatta | Summary: Parramatta has a BRAND NEW playground, with a big slide, just outside the Bankwest Stadium (yes the new Parramatta Stadium and sadly where Parramatta Pool once was). With some work still being done on the stadium, little construction lovers 👷‍♀️👷 will be very happy as well. | More Info |

4New Playground at Waitara Park | Hornsby

Address: 22 Waitara Ave, Waitara | Summary: Waitara Park has gotten a major makeover over the last two years, with new tennis courts, amenities building and PCYC facility. And now, a new inclusive fenced playground, officially being opened on 13th April. | More Info |

5Updated Kids Play Area at NBC Sports Club | Northmead

Address: Windsor Road, Northmead | Summary: There is now a large jumping pillow for kids (and adults) to enjoy in the Kids Backyard at NBC Sports Club. | More Info |

6Upgraded Playground at Meehan Street Park – Wallawa Reserve | Granville

Address: Meehan Street, Granville | Summary: Sadly there are very few playgrounds and green space in this part of the City of Parramatta. So it’s nice that this playground got an upgrade, opening in April 2019. | More Info |

7Upgraded Playground at Wendy Park | West Ryde

Address: 56A Farnell St, West Ryde | Summary: Wendy Park is a small, local playground that has recently been upgraded. | More Info |

8New Hotel with Kids Play Area | The Marsden Brewhouse

Address: Corner of Hawthorne Ave and Richmond Rd, Marsden Park | Summary: On 2nd April, Marsden Brewhouse opened complete with a large playground, including some water play. The Hotel is over almost 6000Sqm and has a few different dining area. | More Info |

9New Play Area at West Ryde Plaza | West Ryde

Address: Anthony Road, West Ryde | Summary: A few years in the making, the ‘dead’ space between West Ryde Marketplace and Coles has been transformed! You’ll find a kids play area, with the same cubby house as at Stockland Baulkham Hills, and additional seating. Shade is still to be installed, along with a few other things. | More Info |

10New Play Area at Rashay’s Restaurant | Top Ryde

Address: Top Ryde City Shopping Centre, Level 1 (next to Coles) | Summary: Rashay’s at Top Ryde opened a brand new Little Rascals play area in March 2019. So now you can enjoy your lunch or dinner while your little ones play. | More Info |

11New Street Libraries in and around the City of Parramatta

9 Yimbala St, Rydalmere

Address: various, see map | Summary: It’s so awesome that the number of street libraries in the area continue to grow. There are now over 50 places to grab a FREE book or donate some in and around the City of Parramatta. | More Info |

12Upgraded Playground at Ollie Webb Reserve | Parramatta

Address: Glebe Street, Parramatta | Summary: Parramatta now has its very own Livvi’s Place – yay! Three years in the making, this inclusive playground for kids of all abilities is big, fenced, sandy, slippery and wet – promising hours of fun for young kids. Plus there are BBQs, toilets, exercise equipment and picnic shelters. | More Info |

13New Playground at Bay Park | Wentworth Point

Address: Amalfi Drive, Wentworth Point | Summary: Introducing Wentworth Points first (public) playground! There’s a little water play area, swing, slide, musical instruments and some rope/ bridge climbing. Plus BBQs, exercise equipment and picnic shelters. | More Info |

Address: Rhodes Park, Killoola St, Concord West | Summary: Rhodes Park 5 Senses Garden is a fully fenced playground and garden, with lots of nature play elements, a picnic shelter with tables and a BBQ, accessible raised garden beds and colourful flowing paths throughout. And just outside the fenced area are toilets and the Kokoda Cafe! Plus it’s not far from the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, Brays Bay Reserve and the Oliveto restaurant. | More Info |

15New Kids Play Area at Wenty Leagues | Wentworthville

Address: 50 South Street, Wentworthville | Summary: Almost a year in the making, the new kids area ‘Clubby House’ is open at Wenty Leagues. It’s about 3 times the space of the old one, with 2 party rooms, separate toddler room and a parents rooms next door with mini me toilets and a breastfeeding room. | More Info |

16Upgraded Playground at Pembroke Street Park | Epping

Address: Pembroke Street, Epping | Summary: Pembroke Street Park is right out the front of Epping Library, and a very short walk from Epping train station. The new playground just has three pieces of play equipment, with a swing, climbing play gym (for primary school kids) and a small ‘boat’ for little ones. Considering all the new housing going around the park, it’s disappointing that this playground is so small. NOTE: the fence was being installed when we were there 7th February. | More Info |

17Upgraded Playground at Burnside Gollan Reserve | Oatlands

Address: Blairgowie Place, Oatlands | Summary: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…blast off! The space themed playground at Burnside Gollan Reserve has stalled into orbit. | More Info |

18Shade Sails at West Epping Park | Epping

Address: Dent Street, Epping | Summary: The fabulous West Epping Park re-opened in March 2018, but was seriously lacking in shade. Thankfully City of Parramatta Council listened to our request and has now installed shade sails over the toddler play area and small metal slide. More shaded is still needed to use the park in summer, but the trees are growing fast and should provide additional shade next summer. | More Details |

19Shade Sail at Henry Brigg Playground | Epping

Address: corner of Maida Road and Essex Street, Epping | Summary: This cute seaside themed playground can now be enjoyed year round thanks to shade sails recently being installed. | More Details |

20Upgraded Playground – George Kendall Riverside Park | Ermington

Address: end of Boyle Street, Ermington | Summary: Just west of the newish multi-purpose sports courts, is a new playground with shade sails! There are swings, rope climbing bridge, climbing play gym and some nature based play elements. | More Details |

Coming Soon!

Here are the ‘new’ things for families that we know are opening/ happening over the coming year, in alphabetical order.

Playground Upgrades to be Completed Soon

Construction has already commenced for these playground upgrades. And they should be finished in the next month or so, depending on the size of the project.

Other Playground Upgrades Scheduled for 2019