The City of Canada Bay provides and maintains over 40 high quality, innovative playgrounds across the City, ranging from smaller play spaces located in neighbourhood and district parks to larger iconic playgrounds including McIlwaine Reserve, Timbrell Park and Queen Elizabeth Park.
In 2007, Council adopted its Lets Play Playground Strategy, which provides direction for the future provision and management of playgrounds and environments within the City of Canada Bay. Let's Playassists Council to ensure that the provision of playgrounds responds to and remains relevant to the children and families in the area.
In 2010, the work of Council was recognised when it was awarded the Special Community Facilities Award for the Timbrell Park All Abilities Playground (Livvi’s Place), which is designed for children of all ages and abilities.
Let's Play has increased the potential of our City's playgrounds and broadened play opportunities, balancing the need to provide and maintain the physical asset with that of the children and families who use these places.
Let's Play provides four outcomes for our children and families around the following areas:
To view the range of play opportunities in our City please view our Let's Play Update document.
Given the changes in our City and the delivery of actions and outcomes in Let's Play, it is timely to review. The next reiteration of the playground strategy will be undertaken over the coming six months and will build on the successes to date, and reflect the evolving needs of our community.
Further information about playgrounds located within the City of Canada Bay Local Government Area can be found below.
Let's Play Playground Strategy guides the provision and management of playgrounds within the City of Canada Bay. The strategy will assist the Council to increase the potential of its playgrounds and broaden play opportunities as well as to use playgrounds as a means of strengthening the connections within our local community.
Let’s Play provides four outcomes for our children and families around the following areas:
Implementation focuses on:
The schedule of works relating to the physical assets address high priorities in Let's Play. You can view Council's current playground projects on our Capital Works and Maintenance page.
Let's Play values playgrounds for the contribution they make to our community as a meeting place and also a means of providing our children with opportunities to have fun, experience joy and learn.
For more information on please contact Council's Parks Management Coordinator on 9911 6555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The aim of the 'Friends of the Park' program is to create a strong sense of community ownership and active involvement in the management of selected parks within the City of Canada Bay.
For more information contact by email or calling 9911 6555.
Friends of Cabarita Park members attend monthly meetings to address current park issues, regularly visit the park to identify maintenance issues and assist in identifying future opportunities to attract people to this special place.
Interested in becoming a 'Friend of the Park - Cabarita Park' then contact Council by phone on 9911 6555 or email.
Friends of Livvi's Place members attend occasional meetings, regularly visit the playspace to identify maintenance issues and assist in identifying future opportunities to attract people to this special place
Interested in becoming a 'Friend of the Park - Livvi's Place in Timbrell Park' then phone Council on 9911 6555 or email email@example.com.
Meet in the park monthly. Interested in becoming a volunteer gardener then refer to Council's Cabarita Heritage Garden - Volunteer Gardens for more information.
Regular litter collection activities on the beach.
Interested in becoming a part of the 'Cabarita Park Beachcombers' then contact Council by phone on 9911 6555 or email.
For more information of any of the above programs please contact Council's Recreation department on 9911 6555.
Alexandra Reserve is a unique playground. Developed in collaboration with local residents and public artist Graham Charlcroft the design reflects the important ecology and attributes of the reserve. The sculptural play elements focus on creative play and exploration - maximising the natural elements of the park and generating a stimulating free play environment.
Address: Alexandra Street, Drummoyne.
This reserve holds particular significance for local children and their families as a place to play, gather and seek sanctuary. The community was central to the design of the play environment. Residents and their children were asked to explore the park and share what it was they valued about the park and how these elements could be creatively represented in the park's playscape. Through creative workshops participants developed design drawings; used clay modelling; and recorded their experiences of the park. See some of the design ideas here Alexandra Reserve - designs.
Graham Chalcroft, a Sydney based sculptor and public artist, built upon this community cultural development process, exploring ecological and environmental themes through temporary and permanent site-specific artworks. From the community themes and ideas he created the two large sculptural pieces - the birds nest and spider’s liar, which are a focal point in the park. He also painted and crafted the references to the ecology on the ‘wormhole tunnel’ and the bridge embankment walls as tactile images in the concrete.
The retaining walls at Alexandra Reserve were collapsing and damaging the trees and vegetation. Significant works were carried out to protect and sustain the different levels in the park. A careful palette of plants and trees were selected to enhance the natural elements that people described in the consultations.
As part of the consultation, we recorded the range of natural flora and fauna identified in the park. Look out for the local wildlife which includes bats, possums, lizards and geckos; as well as local birds - lorikeets, kookaburras and owls.
The playscape theme is imagination and adventure. The use of flexible spaces and different elements provide different experiences. You can touch, see, hear and smell; encouraging discovery and play. The main types of activities offered are:
Address: Corner Blackwall Point Road and Parkview Roads, Chiswick
Address: Battersea Street, Abbotsford
Address: Burwood Road, Concord
Address: Henley Marine Drive, Drummoyne
Address: End of Cabarita Road, Cabarita Park, Cabarita
Cabarita Park is one of the City of Canada Bay's showpiece parks. Located on the Parramatta River at Cabarita, the 10-hectare park features a heritage pavilion, ferry wharf, children's playground, picnic facilities, remnant bushland, a swimming centre, marina and restaurant, and grassy areas on which to enjoy the view of the river. It is a popular location for activities such as walking for pleasure and exercise, walking dogs, children's play, cycling, jogging, picnics and barbecues, informal ball games, and gatherings of family and friends. Water-based activities in or from the Park include swimming, rowing and boating. Organised activities include ceremonies such as weddings, community events such as Christmas Carols and one-off musical events, large group picnics, school cross-country races, triathlons, filming, and children's parties.
Cabarita Park has local, State and national heritage significance. The park was one of Sydney's popular pleasure gardens in 1880s. The park is home to the Federation Pavilion, and contains memorials to the fallen in World War II and to the rower William Beach.
Most of Cabarita Park is owned by City of Canada Bay Council, with narrow strip of land on the eastern side owned by the Crown.
Location: Cabarita Road x Kendall Inlet
Location: Opposite to bus stop
The playground locates between Memorial Drive and the existing toilet, which has better access to other facilities and parking, as well as being adjacent to mature trees and shrubs.
The iconic playground includes equipment for children aged 2-6 years, 6-9 years and 9-12 years of age, and also a paving around the playground that will facilitate children riding their bikes and scooters around.
Address: Wellbank Street, Concord
Address: Shoreline Drive and Gauthorpe Street, Rhodes
The largest open space in Rhodes and caters to a broad user group, providing opportunities for both active and passive recreation through three different spaces. Features include:
Address: Bortfield Drive, Chiswick
Address: Corner Coralie and Wareemba Street, Wareemba
Address: Corby Avenue, Concord
Address: Harrabrook Road, Five Dock
Address: Cometrowe Street, Drummoyne
Address: Roseby Street, Birkenhead Point, Drummoyne
Address: Corner Wellbank Street and Ian Parade, Concord
Address: Corner of Park and First Avenue, Five Dock
Address: Intersection of Shoreline Drive and Mary Street, Rhodes
Address: Great North Road, Five Dock
Address: Corner of John Street and Park Avenue, Concord
Address: Wympston Parade, Five Dock
Address: Corner of Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street, Concord
Address: St Albans Street, Abbotsford
Address: Intersection of Rickard Street and Augusta Street, Concord
Address: Kendall Street, Cabarita
Address: Kings Park Circuit, Five Dock
Address: Norman Street, Concord
Address: Corner Regatta Road and Maple Close, Five Dock
Address: Corner of Concord Road and Mary Street, Rhodes
Address: Mill Park Street, Rhodes
Address: Henley Marine Drive, Drummoyne
Address: Henley Marine Drive, Rodd Point
Address: Mary Street, Rhodes
Peg Paterson playground, opened in March 2012 is a neighbourhood playground developed as part of the Rhodes Urban Renewal program. The park is named after Peg Paterson, a stalwart of the Rhodes community.
The playground features:
Address: End of Phillips Street, Cabarita
Address: Gipps Street, Concord
Address: Killoola Street, Concord West
Address: Corner of Noble Street and Arthur Street, Five Dock
Address: Majors Bay Road, Concord
Address: The Parade, Drummoyne
Address: Intersection of Shoreline Drive and Darling Avenue
Address: Corner Sibbick and Russell Streets, Russell Lea
Address: Cometrowe Street, Drummoyne
Address: 19 Henley Marine Drive, Five Dock
Complete our online survey to provide us with your feedback on Livvi's Place or to become a 'Friend of the Park'.
Livvi's Place, Australia's first all abilities playground, was named the best play space in the country by Parks and Leisure Australia in 2010. The ground-breaking playground in Timbrell Park, Five Dock, was an initiative of the City of Canada Bay, Touched by Olivia Foundation and Leighton Contractors, and was developed to reduce the barriers experienced by those with special needs, and allow children of all abilities to play together, side-by-side.
The playground features:
Visit the Touched by Olivia Foundation website for more information about the Foundation.
Address: Corner of Brussels Street and George Street, North Strathfield
Address: Yaralla Street, Concord West
Address: End of Great North Road, Abbotsford