Amy Street Playground Marrickville used to look like this.

Amy Street Playground Marrickville used to look like this. 2011.

Now it looks like this . Marrickville Council can be proud of the work they have done here.

Now it looks like this.   Marrickville Council can be proud of the work they have done here.

Just part of the new play equipment - bright, vibrant & lots to do.

Just part of the new play equipment – bright, vibrant & lots to do.

I first came across Amy Street Playground in 2011 & looking at it made me feel sad.   It was an unattractive space with two to three average children’s play equipment on a grass lawn.  In fact, I would have listed it in the top five worst green spaces in the municipality.  No longer though.

Marrickville Council upgraded Amy Street Playground with input from local residents earlier this year.  I have been slow in going to have a look at the finished work.

What I saw surprised me.  Marrickville Council has completely transformed this little patch into a space that is both beautiful & useful.  Now it is a great playground that offers safety, serious play equipment & the opportunity for children to play in the gardens as well.

A gated waist high metal picket-like fence surrounds the playground.  This provides safety for the children & allows supervising adults to relax.  The seating is interesting & looks good too.  It’s nice to se the Council is moving away from the old style park benches into bench seats that are modern & more comfortable.

Colourful play equipment is scattered throughout the middle of the space & a concrete path winds around the playground.  The middle is mostly woodchip with spongy plastic flooring under the play equipment ensuring soft landings. The playground looks quite natural.

Around the exterior of the playground is a garden with a variety of colourful plants & it looks very attractive.  They have yet to fill in the spaces, but this will happen in time.  Pavers & sandstone rocks have been put through one section of the garden to encourage little ones to explore.  There is an area of lawn & the grass is lush.

Little carved Possum - one of the two sculptures in the garden.

Little carved Possum – one of the two sculptures in the garden.

There are also two very lovely sandstone sculptures at the edge of the garden – one of a possum & another of a frog.   I imagine these would be quite exciting to a toddler.  I wouldn’t mind either in my garden.

Five trees have been planted in the garden that should provide both shade from the western sun as well as a windbreak.  This playground is located above Henson Park & the wind can be quite strong here.  All trees will eventually grow to a good size.

I am pleased that Council is starting to plant new trees of 3-5 metres in height as I believe this greatly reduces the chance of vandalism.  I think this is money well spent.

What was once an uninviting space has now become a place both children & adults would enjoy visiting & it will only get better as the garden fills out & the trees grow.  This little junction in Marrickville is a great area & has now been improved no end.

If you have children I would recommend a visit to the Amy Street Playground.  Parking is easy.  The playground is safe, beautiful & has lots for the children to do & explore.

Marrickville Council has done the community proud with this upgrade & I thank them for this.

This area has been created to encourage children to explore the garden.   Paver in the lawn lead them to this area.  I think it is a lovely addition.

This area has been created to encourage children to explore the garden. Paver in the lawn lead them to this area. I think it is a lovely addition.  I think the tree is a Cottonwood (hibiscus Tiliaceus Rubra).  These produce soft yellow flowers that fade to orange & they flower spring through summer.  This is a waterwise evergreen tree that grows 6 metres high x 6 metres wide.  Being broad-leafed it will provide good shade & act as a wind break.

I am very glad Council planted a Pepper tree here.   These were once standard trees in school playgrounds as they provide fantastic soft shade & kids like the smell of these trees a lot.  I have great memories of the Pepper tree at my school.

I am very glad Council planted a Pepper tree here. These were once standard trees in school playgrounds as they provide fantastic dappled shade & kids like the smell of these trees a lot. I have great memories of the Pepper trees at my school.

Very nice benches beside the lawn area.  The tree will eventually provide shade.

Very nice benches beside the lawn area. The tree will eventually provide shade.

 

 

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