Williams Reserve in Dundas is a little known 1.6 hectare park that houses a medium sized playground. It took us a while to discover it, even though we live quite close by. The greatest thing about Williams Reserve is that it is located very close to a favourite local cafe, Big Tree House. We now regularly walk here to play after Saturday morning brunch or a morning coffee at ‘Big Tree’.
Whilst the playground is not the newest, fanciest or most unusual playground you are ever going to find, it most certainly does the trick! I would say the equipment is most suited to children aged 3-8 years old. However, my almost 2.5 year old is now starting to be able to make use of most of the climbing equipment with a bit of assistance here and there.
The playground consists of:
- two swings (one suitable for babies/toddlers)
- climbing gym with stairs, slide, tunnel and various poles to climb
- hanging balance beam
- monkey bars
- hanging climbing ladder
The surface is synthetic grass, but it is fairly well worn and seems to have been patched up a few times! There is a path around the edge of the equipment for riding bikes and scooters as well as a few park benches.
There is a sheltered picnic bench with a bin close by but no toilets at the reserve. However, if desperate, you could most likely use the bathrooms at Dundas Sports Club.
The great thing about Williams Reserve is there is endless space for running around, kicking a ball and exploring! The grassy areas seem to go on forever! There are some fallen tree logs located on one side of the reserve, which are fun to climb over and explore.
Places of Interest Nearby
- Dundas Sports and Recreation Club (directly behind playground) – with small, indoor kids play area
- Big Tree House Cafe (a short walk from playground)
- Fred Robertson Park
- Upjohn Park
- Cocoa Rush Chocolate Shop and Cafe
Finding Williams Reserve
Williams Reserve can be found on Dora Crescent in Dundas. It is a quiet suburban street so there is plenty of street parking available. You can also access the park by walking along the footpath located between 17 and 19 Elder Road (especially if coming from Dundas Sports Club). Williams Reserve is a 10 minute walk from Dundas Station, or you could catch a bus along Kissing Point Road.
If walking from Big Tree House Cafe, the best way is to walk along the footpath located between 61 and 63 Calder Road and enter the reserve at the Albemarle Street cul-de-sac (between house 13 and 14). It takes 5mins walking with little ones.