As of June 2018, Hillcrest Park in Bayswater now has a new playground nestled on the edge of the oval between the Jamison-Frame Pavilion and the cricket practice cages.
The first thing we noted at Hillcrest Park was the base is not sand. A definite plus if you don’t want sandy little feet in your car afterwards!
Miss 4 went straight the platform stairs to then explore the top layer of the playground. This features a wooden bridge, twin slides, a bubble window and a “stained glass” window to peep through, and a steering wheel for imaginative play.
One side of the structure features a double rock climbing wall. Perfect for climbers who want to race their friends.
The other side of the structure has a rope web to climb up, with a smaller rope net suspected underneath the slide area. Both were a big hit with Miss 4!
Standing separately, there is a bird’s nest swing for swinging alone or with a friend at one end, and spring rocker build for two at the other end closest to the grass.
On the other side of the cricket batting cages, we spotted a covered wooden picnic table. Handy if you want to bring along lunch or a snack.
We note that poles are in place in the playground too to accommodate shade sails come summer time. This is great to see as hopefully, this will keep the playground cooler in the summer months.
As mentioned, the new playground is adjacent to an oval. So there is lots of open grassed area for kids to run around. Whilst we visited, we saw little ones Miss 4’s age or younger enjoying the playground, while bigger siblings ran around the grass with balls and other toys. There was a mothers fitness class on at the pavilion, and the kids seemed well entertained while Mum was busy.
Across the far side of the oval, we found an older, preexisting playground with a sand base. This also features a swing set and a spring rocker.
The main structure includes a curly slide, two different rock climbing walls, a fireman pole and monkey bars. There is a telescope at the very top, and a pretend shop at the bottom for imaginative games.
This older playground has no shade sails and relies on natural shading from the nearby trees.
Hillcrest Park is located on Coode Street, Bayswater, just down the hill after Hillcrest Primary School. Parking is available along the street or in the carpark opposite.
If you find yourself in need of a coffee or snack before or after your visit, Howdy Coffee and tbsp. are a 5 minute drive away on King William Street, Bayswater, on the other side of the railway line. On the day we visited we also noted there was a coffee van open in the carpark on the opposite side of the street.
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Holly Clark is currently a stay at home mum of one, a self-confessed coffee addict and a baker of sweet treats. She studied Professional Writing and Editing and occasionally writes on her recipe blog, Lucky Star's Kitchen