You may be forgiven for thinking you have stepped into a mini Sherwood Forest and the time of Robin Hood when visiting the playground at Sherwin Park. It definitely takes the castle style playground to a whole new level and is a very unique playground in the Parramatta area. All little kings, queens, knights or princesses should be very excited to play here.
We easily spend 1-2 hours there each time we visit. Helped by the imaginative play features, open space, path to ride on and toilets. Plus, now on Tuesday mornings the NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van visits from 10am to 12pm with fun activities for little ones.
The playground was upgraded in June 2017. The centrepiece is of course the castle. It’s part moduplay and part sandstone, with rope walkways, slides, flag pole, climbing ramp, wooden bridge and cubby house.
Next to the castle, there are two swings and a gorgeous little ‘Sherwin Forest’ full of medieval like stone statues.
Plus some wooden poles and the horses hooves imprinted into the path is a nice touch. There are also some balance beams and crocodile, come snake, come reptile like dragons stone statues to climb on.
Around the playground, and running the length of the park, there is a path that is great for kids to ride scooters or bikes on. And it includes some ramps that are a lot of fun.
The history of the park is that it commemorates the Sherwin family, particularly Sergeant William Sherwin. He was the chief constable at Parramatta and became a storekeeper at Parramatta H M Store. His son William Jamieson Sherwin was the first native-born Australian to qualify as a doctor.
There is a toilet block in the park, which is open from 7am to 5pm daily. But there are no baby change facilities. And if the toilet block is locked, there are the toilets at Doyle Ground a 500m walk away.
Around the playground, there are three covered picnic tables and some park seats, plus a rather tall bubbler. And there is a basketball court. A short walk away is the Crate Pizzeria and Winebar where you can get your caffeine fix and a bite to eat.
Finding Sherwin Park
Sherwin Park is just around the corner from the popular Doyle Ground. It can be access from either Isabella or Gladstone Streets.
There is limited street parking available so depending on when you go it may be worth catching a bus there. The 546 and 552 run along Isabella Street and stop right out the front of the park.
Places of Interest Nearby
- The Container Cafe North Parramatta
- Doyle Ground playground
- Dan Mahoney Reserve – dog off the leash fenced park