Just a bit south of Westfield Parramatta, along Pitt Street, you’ll find the large Ollie Webb Reserve. We love that it’s now home to the first Livvi’s Place in the City of Parramatta and our newest water playground! Plus, there’s a great walking track, sport fields, exercise stations, toilets and picnic facilities.
The new large, fenced playground at Ollie Webb Reserve has been at least three years in the making. And we are grateful to the wonderful Touched by Olivia Foundation for all their efforts in making it happen.
Livvi’s Place Parramatta cost over $1.8m to build and is a regional sized playground, which means hours of fun! There are five main play spaces to enjoy:
- Toddler area, which has the play equipment from the old playground, including a sit in jeep.
- Water playground and swings
- Big climbing tower and smaller climbing play gym
- The mound with slides and tunnels
- Sandpit with water pump and channels
We love the mix of play equipment. That it has two water play areas. It’s good for kids of different ages and abilities. And that there is line of sight across the playground. Plus there’ll be a nice mix of natural and sail shade, well once the other shade sail is installed over the slides and the trees grow some more.
While the playground is now open for play, there are still a few more things to be added. Like a shade sail over the metal slides and picnic tables next to the BBQs. Plus, we’re happy to report that additional garbage bins will be added and Council is still working on adding more short term parking spots.
We also think the following things need to be done:
- shade over the swings
- softfall around the whole sand pit
- lip of the sand pit painted to help kids see the edge
- shade sail over the sandpit adjusted to cover the lower section
- add self closing mechanism on the three entry gates and signage reminding people to close the gate behind them
We have provided this feedback to Council.
There’s a large new accessible toilet block that has been built, just outside the new fenced playground, near the BBQs.
And we have it on good authority that it is the best accessible changing room in Australia.
And at the back of the playground is a sporting pavilion leading onto a number of sporting fields.
There are three exercise stations around the reserve, alongside the wide foot/ cycle path.
Between the playground and Glebe Street are some picnic tables and BBQs.
Finding Ollie Webb Reserve
I’ve seen the playgrounds address listed as 37a Glebe Street but this can take you to different parts of Ollie Webb Reserve. The best address I’ve found is 16 Glebe Street, Parramatta.
It’s along Glebe Street that you will find the best/ nearest car parking spots. There are some 2hr parking spots, but most are unrestricted at the moment, which means it may be hard to find a parking spot. But there are usually some on Bobart St or King St. In front of the playground are spots for mini buses and accessible parking.
Ollie Webb Reserve is also withing walking distance from Westfield Parramatta and Parramatta Transport Interchange.
Places of Interest Nearby
Other Livvi’s Places
Touched by Olivia know a thing or two about creating wonderful, inclusive playgrounds. And we are fortunate to now have four in addition to the new one at Ollie Webb Reserve, You will find them at: