It had been a little while since we’d checked out a new playground so with all the big kids back at school, my daughter and I decided to check out Ross Reserve, in Bangor.
At the end of 2020, the Sutherland Shire Council completed their upgrade of the playground, which is set on the reserve at the corner of Pyree St and Pilliga Pl.
You won’t have any trouble parking as there is both a small car park and plenty of on-street parking surrounding the reserve.
We pulled up right beside the reserve and my daughter ran across the large grass area, past the adjacent tennis courts, to the playground, which is tucked up the back.
There’s loads of room here to kick a ball around, though the ground’s not super flat.
The scooter path around the pre-existing play equipment has been upgraded and the play equipment completely replaced.
We started off at the swings (there’s the typical two: one standard and one baby swing) before trying out the large musical chimes, having a go on the spring-loaded see-saw and making our way across the balance beams and jumping blocks.
The main play structure features balance poles, three slides, a rock-climbing wall and climbing nets.
You’ll also find a great little pretend shop and car dashboard for dramatic play with little kids.
All of the play equipment is set on bark and doesn’t get much shade. Give it a few years, however, and hopefully, the trees the council has just planted will have shot up to provide some more.
Once we’d exhausted the play equipment we took a seat on one of the park benches (there are two, as well as some large sandstone blocks for sitting beneath the trees) to have something to eat and make flower chains.
There aren’t any bins at the park so you’ll need to take your rubbish home with you. Likewise, there aren’t any toilets, but if your kids get desperate there is a fairly secluded area where bush wees could be done discreetly.
Alternatively, you’re a seven-minute walk or a couple of minutes drive away from the facilities at Bangor Shopping C
Looking for more ideas on family-friendly places that you can explore with your kids in the Sutherland Shire? Find more playground reviews or check out our “A day out in…” series, which includes local adventures that will take you on bush walks, to play centres, shops, and family-friendly dining.