A visit to Eveleigh Green playground is a little like stepping back in time, albeit with some big improvements.
Some of the play equipment is a little ’80s retro: wooden climbing frames, monkey bars and balance bridge (pictured below), not unlike what I used to play on in my primary school days. Has this style of equipment stood the test of time? Absolutely, my kids loved it! And it’s only one part of this great little playground in South Eveleigh. Here’s the lowdown.
Where is it?
Mirvac has taken over the former Australian Technology Park precinct on Henderson Road and developed it into a commercial and retail complex. There’s an eat street housing Kylie Kwong’s latest eatery, and community facilities such as tennis and basketballs courts, a skate/scooter park, a rooftop community garden, and the playground. Commercial tenants include Data 61, CSIRO’s digital research centre, Pacific Magazines and Channel 7. In a nod to the site’s history as a railway workshop, a blacksmiths’ school has been established on the site.
What’s the playground like?
This is a lovely little playground. The highlight is undoubtedly the wrought iron tree houses by Sydney artist Nell (pictured at top). These are great spots for a little picnic or some imagination play. Be sure to look up close at the detail in the structures.
In addition to the wooden play equipment in the ‘adventure playground’, there’s a sandpit (covered over during our lockdown visit) and swings. The slide is surrounded by concrete bollard stepping stones, with a section of these set into shrubbery, making them a good base for a game of explorers. The monkey bars are an excellent height for a beginner, and as part of a structure of three different climbing frames, make a good circuit to tire out restless legs.
Adjacent to the playground is the oval, which is surrounded by a paved track. We spotted a beginner bike rider building up some confidence on the circuit. It’d probably be good for a scooter ride too.
Cross the road to find the ‘Wellness Precinct’, featuring tennis and basketball courts, a gym circuit with climbing frames (good for older kids) and a scooter-friendly skate park.
Any other facilities for families?
There are public toilets, including a family room, but these are only open during business hours. In addition to the eateries on Locomotive Street, there’s an IGA supermarket open 7 days until late.
Take the kids for an explore. There are heritage buildings to have a squiz at, lots of tables and chairs dotted around the site for a picnic off the ground, and the striking Interchange Pavilion to marvel at. This piece of public art by Chris Fox was inspired by the site’s rail history, in particular the switch where multiple rail lines diverge into separate tracks. Both it and Nell’s Eveleigh Treehouse were curated by neighbouring Carriageworks on behalf of Mirvac.
Eveleigh Green (formerly the Vice Chancellor’s Oval), Henderson Road, Eveleigh, southeveleigh.mirvac.com/explore/public-spaces