River Park is a great little fenced playground by Parramatta River on Arista Way in Ermington. It was built as part of the Defence Estate along the foreshore and is between Halvorsen Park and the large George Kendall Riverside Park.
The playground has unfortunately been closed since early 2020 due to safety issues. But thankfully will be upgraded before the end of 2020.
This park holds a lot of memories of when I had two kids under two. When we spent a lot of time here so my toddler could safely play while I looked after my new born. The kids have always loved the pirate/ boat themed equipment and being able to watch the ferries go by on the river.
The current playground (soon to be demolished) is best suited to kids 2-5yrs and has:
- two swings
- boat shaped climbing play gym with ladder, slide and cubby house
- two rockers
- four seater see-saw
- cubby house with spider rope wall
It’s definitely not a summer playground with no shade sails and just a little natural shade. Hopefully with time the surrounding trees will provide more shade.
Aside from two park benches and a bin outside the fence, there isn’t much else at River Park.
But the river walk/ cycleway does go right by the playground. Heading west, you can walk or ride up to Halvorsen Park (5mins away) and the new Cafe W next door. Or continue on to Rydalmere wharf (almost 2kms). Heading east, you will find George Kendall Riverside Park. There’s currently no bubbler near the playground and the closest toilets are in George Kendall Riverside Park.
Finding River Park
At the end of Spurway St (well this end is now called Broadoaks St), you will find Arista Way and River Park. There’s free on-street parking next to the playground or off-street parking off Broadoaks Street in George Kendall Riverside Park.
Places of Interest Nearby
- Halvorsen Park
- Cafe W
- George Kendall Riverside Park
- Ken Newman Park
- Ermington Library
- Ermington shops, including Woolworths, Portico Chicken and Ace Seafood
- Community Garden at Bruce Miller Reserve