After a quiet few months on the playground upgrades front, we’ve got news that a playground renewal has been unveiled in Engadine.
As it was a hot day when we visited Brigalow Pl Reserve, the first thing I noticed was that there is no shade over the play equipment. Thankfully there are no metal slides though either! There are trees around that you can sit under if you need a shady break but they don’t provide any shade to the playground itself- perhaps they will in years to come but that won’t do you any good this summer! So if you’re planning a trip here it’d be best to go in the morning or late afternoon once the sun has gone down a bit, and don’t forget your hats and sunscreen!
There are two main parts of the playground. The first is set on synthetic grass and comprises two swings (a standard platform swing and a baby swing), some jumping blocks and a balance beam that’s low to the ground.
The other, more interesting area contains a large playground apparatus set on bark chips- everybody’s favourite!
It’s a good piece of equipment suitable for kids under about seven. It features two slides (a medium twisty one and a small straight one), a netted tunnel, a small rock-climbing wall, climbing and sliding poles, and a rope ladder.
You’ll also find a “Three in a row” game, a navigable maze, and a weather chart that younger kids will enjoy playing with.
Circling both play areas is a new scooter path and a couple of sandstone benches, which are the only seating options at the park. You can, however, bring a picnic blanket to spread out across the expansive grass area (also suitable for ball sports) if you’re worried about having somewhere to sit.
There’s a bubbler if you need a drink but no toilets or bins provided.
We couldn’t see any cafes or lunch spots nearby but if you’re heading there after school and looking to pick up dinner on the way home there are two restaurants (Kingswood Garden Chinese and Whittos Pizza, which both open from 5pm) just a one minute drive away. Though we can’t personally attest to the quality of the food they do get great reviews on Google.
If you live in Engadine or this is an area you frequent anyway, then we’re sure you’ll be pleased to have some fresh equipment and enjoy the secluded space. From our place, though, it was almost a 20-minute drive and there are a lot bigger playgrounds with more shade and a better range of equipment within that radius so it’s unlikely we’d choose to return.
To get to Brigalow Pl Reserve (unless you live in that very pocket of Engadine) you’ll actually have to pass Lantana Road Reserve, which in our opinion is a much better playground.
If you’re looking for playgrounds beyond Engadine, you’ll find more Sutherland Shire playground reviews here.