I have lost count of how many times we’ve driven past that little park just behind Woolooware train station and the kids have asked to stop and play there. To adult eyes, Hagger Park Playground, seems somewhat non-descript, no bright colours, no water play, and most of the ground is covered in dull brown wood chippings, but having spoken to a few local mums it seems there are plenty of kids who share the same fascination with this little park. Perhaps because it’s that place you always see on a drive to somewhere else and never stop, or maybe it’s the proximity to the train station, so kids can also see trains pulling in / leaving the station, or the fact that it has some different play equipment to other parks in the area. Whatever the appeal, my kids have been lobbying to go for some time now.
Finally, we had a full free day with no plans and no commitments, so I asked the kids what they wanted to do. Miss T insisted that we go to the park at the train station with the big slide. Mr D was keen to go check out the trains so it was set, off we went to this dark and shady little park.
Like I said, I’ve never really thought much of the park myself, but the kids were super excited and eagerly anticipated the visit. There is a big slide, a small double swing set (one for baby and one for kids), a spinning ring, spring rocker, a small train and a baby slide.
Needless to say, the kids loved playing in every section, but the big slide was the real hit for my two thrill-seekers. They also spent quite a bit of time engaging in imaginative play in the train, collecting tickets, taking seats and so on, plus there was the added bonus of watching the real trains go by.
There is on street parking close by, and a zebra crossing to get to the park, but the park is not fenced and is close to the very busy Denman Avenue. Something to be aware of if you have a runner! There are a couple of cafes close by on Wills Road, so can grab a caffeine hit on the way, and there are bathrooms at the train station.
Overall, it’s a great shady park and definitely worth a stop next time you’re out and about. Believe me, your kids will love you for it. Mine are already planning our next visit.