There’s a new nature inspired playground at ELS Hall Park in North Ryde! And it gets a thumbs up from us. Also perfect timing for lots of fun these spring school holidays! Well done City of Ryde Council.
There is a great mix of play equipment, which should be fun for toddlers through to primary school kids. And both natural and sail shade, so hopefully good all year round.
Now there is a little water play area, with a pump and channels. So chances are the kids will get wet! Sadly though it’s not the water park we had been lead to believe would be there. Not sure if plans changed along the way or there was a misuse of ‘water park’, but a number of people like us were expecting Ryde’s first water playground. So we had to take our excitement down a notch, but it is still a fabulous park!
The new playground overlooks the new synthetic sports fields, up the hill from the old playground, which is still there but it will be removed soon.
Within the new large, district-sized playground you’ll find:
- water play, with water pump and channels
- two big slides
- rope bridge
- flying fox
- shaded toddler play area
- large ‘egg’ stone pods/cubby houses
- nature play elements
The ground within the playground is a mixture of softfall, bark and concrete. Most areas are accessible by wheelchair or a pram, though the water play area isn’t.
There are paths through the new playground and around the park that are good for riding on. Plus exercise equipment and of course, YMCA Ryde.
Behind the playground, near the end of Adelphi Road, is a carpark and fenced dog off-leash area.
And down near the old playground is a BBQ, picnic shelter and toilets in the community sport centre. There is also exercise equipment near to the new playground.
Finding ELS Hall Park
The main entrance to ELS Hall Park is on Kent Road. Entering here takes you to the carpark in front of YMCA Ryde and next to the old playground with BBQs. There is also a carpark at the end of Adelphi Road in Marsfield.