It was a lovely surprise to find Pierre de Coubertin Park right near Newington Marketplace when we visited the Newington Markets in January. I must confess until this visit, I had only been to Newington Marketplace for dinner and hadn’t ever noticed the park or its playground in the dark.
Pierre de Coubertin Park has an amphitheatre, dog off the leash area, plenty of grass to run around on and a playground that opened in March 2011.
After seven years, this popular district park is in need of some love. And also some additions to meet the growth of the area. Thankfully Council has allocated about $400,000 to do just that. And community consultation for the upgrade of the playground at Pierre De Coubertin Park, Newington has officially commenced.
There is an online survey you can complete, which closes at 9am on Monday 10th December. The aim of this consultation is to understand the community’s view and usage of the playground, and to identify potential upgrades. Further consultation will then occur to explore the types of upgrades required and to inform the design of the project.
The playground is great for toddlers, preschoolers and young primary school aged kids. It has:
- four seater see-saw
- climbing rope tower
- ride on racing car
- twirling see-saw
The playground has a soft fall ground, though rather faded now. There is some natural shade from the line of trees along Ave of Oceania (facing north easterly) and park benches underneath the trees. With more time, these trees hopefully will provide a lot more shade for the playground in the heat of the day.
This playground is a good alternative to the nearby and very popular Blaxland Riverside Park, if you are looking for a local, less busy playground and one better suited to little ones. It’s also nice to visit after some shopping at Newington Marketplace or the Newington Markets, held on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
There are a number of cafes and restaurants nearby, including Lemon Tree Cafe that has a nice courtyard space.
Finding Pierre de Coubertin Park
Pierre de Coubertin Park is opposite Newington Marketplace, on Ave of Europe and the playground is just a few minutes walk down Ave of Oceania. There is a carpark at Newington Marketplace and also street parking near the playground.
The park can also be reached by bus. The following buses stop near Newington Marketplace – 525 (Parramatta to Burwood), 526 (Sydney Olympic Wharf to Burwood), 540 (Auburn to Newington), 544 (Macquarie Centre to Auburn).