Where: Maxwell Road, Para Hills West

Well isn’t this a little bit sensational! The new playground at The Paddocks Reserve is OPEN and we must say, this is one of the best new playgrounds we have come across in a while, with some pretty spectacular pieces of equipment to keep the kids busy for ages!

With access best via Maxwell Road, there is so much to talk about here its hard to know where to start. We have to start off with the Interactive Play and Sound Arch, which we haven’t seen before but was just brilliant. Throw in some sand and water play, 2 MASSIVE climbing structures, a flying fox and plenty of space to run around and play. What a spot!

Don’t forget the sporting fields with netball courts, football oval and an uninterrupted lawn expanse with a number of soccer pitches, cricket pitches and nets. Such a fabulous facility for the locals.

This one is a work in progress with plenty planned for the future (Toilets are coming!!) which is so exciting for the northerners.

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