Previously known as Ray Park, Hazelwood Rose Park has a cute playground that was upgraded in 2016. There’s also great exercise equipment, a large circular path to ride/ walk on and a little community garden. Plus, you can access the Pioneer Track from the park.
And the Carlingford North shops are just a short walk away from Hazelwood Rose Park.
The playground at Hazelwood Rose Park has a Granny Smith theme to connect it with the first commercially-grown Granny Smith apples that were produced on the land.
There’s a rope tower for the older kids and a tractor, swings, see saw and mini merry-go-round for the little ones.
The ground is a mixture of soft fall and fine woodchip. There are no shade sails but the surrounding trees provide some shade over the play equipment at certain times of the day.
The Pioneer Track is accessible from near the playground if you feel like a little bushwalk. You can either go east for a loop walk or head east to Orchard Road Reserve, behind the Roselea Scout Hall.
The park has a series of exercise equipment, along the wide circular footpath. This exercise equipment is actually the best I have seen in a park so far and includes two bikes and a number of other moving and stationary workout equipment.
Next to the playground are two picnic shelters. And in the middle of the circular path is plenty of grass to run around on or to lay out a picnic rug.
A few years ago some garden beds were added in memory of Dorothy and Stanley Hazlewood, members of Pioneer families in Epping, Carlingford and Eastwood.
Parking is easy to come by on the the surrounding streets. If you take a five minute walk west up Plympton Road you will find a set of shops and there’s a bakery and fresh produce stores that serve coffee.
What is missing though is a toilet! Given that Hazelwood Rose Park is the main starting point for the Pioneer Track walk and there are no nearby public toilets, a toilet block is a much needed addition to this park.
The local Ray Park Heritage Group are calling on City of Parramatta Council to install a toilet at Hazelwood Rose Park. And they have recently taken it one step further by starting to raise funds themselves to get the toilet block built. They have our support!
Finding Ray Park
Located on the northern end of Carlingford, near the M2, the playground is best accessed from Avonlea Drive.
Places of Interest Nearby
- Carlingford North shops
- Pioneer Track
- Orchard Road Reserve/ Carlingford Oval playground
- West Epping Park