Fontenoy Park is a welcome green oasis amongst the medium-high density townhouse and apartment complexes that dominate this part of Macquarie Park. It has a large sports field and two playgrounds catering to toddlers through to primary-school aged children. When the amenities block upgrade is complete (later this year), families will discover Fontenoy Park ticks all the essential boxes for an enjoyable, low-key outing.
The play area is divided into two sections. The first section is sheltered by a large shade cloth and is suitable for younger children. It has a:
- low-rise tower with a small slide, accessed by either a mini climbing wall or open stairs
- tunnel with various built-in activities and peek-a-boo holes
- springy see-saw
- twirling pole
- medium sized rope climbing pyramid (not shaded)
The ground is covered in bark so rethink a visit to Fontenoy Park if your crawler enjoys putting everything in his/her mouth.
The second, unshaded section has two swings (one with a toddler seat) and a larger tower suitable for older children. The tower structure features a long slide, accessed by either the large rock climbing wall, curved ladder or staircase. Underneath the tower are two reclining bucket seats. This section of the playground also uses bark chips as ground cover.
Fontenoy Park has on-site parking. There is some seating available and limited natural shade close to the playground from nearby trees as well as one BBQ (unsheltered). A small hill leads up from the parking area to a low sandstone wall around the edge of the shaded playground. While it isn’t a ‘fence’, the sandstone blocks do provide a barrier to slow any runners. It also makes a perfect seating area for adults who are supervising. And children will enjoy practising their balancing along the wall.
The play area is right next to the sports fields, so there is ample space to run, kick a ball or throw a frisbee.
- Note: When we visited (November 2017), the amenities block was being upgraded so no toilet facilities were available.
Getting to Fontenoy Park
Fontenoy Park is located on Fontenoy Road, less than a 5 minute drive from Macquarie Shopping Centre. The 292 and 545 buses go past the park, departing from near Macquarie Shopping Centre.