Dixon Park features an awesome new nature playground set amongst fruit trees, olives trees and native bush. Located on a quiet suburban street in Hamilton Hill, the park also features an oval with football goal posts, a basketball half court and an upgraded BMX pump track.
The park has become a community hub as it is a great place to meet others who are out and about exercising, walking their dogs and taking their children to play in the nature playground. The park can be accessed by wide footpaths that are suitable for prams or to scoot, cycle, skate or walk along. If you don’t live locally and are driving to the park, there are no designated parking bays therefore cars need to park on the grassed area in front of the wooden post fence.
The large trees ensure that part of the playground is always shaded
The nature playground is popular during the day with mothers groups and is very busy weekdays after school. The centrepiece of the playground is a large wooden fort that has been built around mature trees providing lots of natural shade. The fort has different ways to climb up and down including a log ramp with rope rail, wooden stairs, a cargo net and a fireman pole.
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Other zones of the playground include two swings (one with a toddler seat), a wide polished concrete slide, a “hamster wheel”, birds nest swing, stepping logs, rope and wood balance beams, monkey bars and a tunnel. There is a water play area with a pump that can be activated with some effort to cascade water into the dams below. It is a good idea to bring towels and spare clothes if you don’t automatically pack these things! While there is an element of risk attached to some of the play areas, these have been mitigated as much as practicable with rope handrail supports and soft ground coverings of woodchips, sand and rubber mats.
The different zones of the playground provide fun for all ages
There is a sheltered area with tables and bench seating and a free gas barbeque. You may wish to bring a barbeque mat or some baking paper to put on the barbeque as you never know what condition previous users have left it in. Rubbish and recycling bins are available and also a drinking fountain. The main drawback of this playground is that there are no toilets.
The sheltered area has a gas BBQ and 2 tables with bench seating
If you don’t live locally and want to incorporate other activities, other nearby attractions include South Beach, the child-friendly Kerry Street Pear Tree cafe, the Manning Steps and lookout and Randwick Stables Community Garden. You may be able to see horses exercising around the stables and the community garden occasionally holds market days and events.
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