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 down there and is between the new Halvorsen Park and the large George Kendall Riverside Park.
The playground has just recently reopened after some much needed repairs and it was nice to be back to enjoy it on an overcast summers day. I spent most of spring 2014 here when I had an 18mo old and a newborn. We come back less regularly now but still enjoy the boat themed equipment and being able to watch the ferries go by on the river.
The playground 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 is 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 then continue on to Rydalmere wharf (almost 2kms). Heading east, you will find George Kendall Riverside Park. There is currently no bubbler near the playground and the closest toilets are in George Kendall Riverside Park. The closest cafe is back up at Ermington shops.
Finding River Park
At the end of Spurway St (now called Broadoaks St at this end), you will find Arista Way and River Park. There is 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
- Market By The River, on the 1st Saturday of the month
- George Kendall Riverside Park
- Ken Newman Park
- Ermington Library
- Ermington shops, including Woolworths, Portico Chicken and Ace Seafood
- Community Garden at Bruce Miller Reserve