The picnic area at the park's far end features wood barbecues, picnic tables and also a picnic shelter. And with the calm waters of the Lane Cove River nearby, there's often a nice cooling breeze blowing in off the water.
If you need to work up an appetite before tucking into your lunch, you can take a walk along the banks of the river. Starting from Blackman Park, peaceful walking tracks wind through the nearby bush. You can take a fork off to the left which will take you to Penrose Street and some kids' play equipment, or follow the right-hand track up and along the foreshore. After passing a number of great lookout points which provide views across to Sugarloaf Hill, the track takes you to an area called the Boreen. Return back to Blackman Park the way you came, making a total distance covered of approximately 2.5km.
But there's plenty more on offer in Blackman Park as well. There's a skate park and basketball court, plus tennis courts at the Lane Cove West Tennis Club. The park is also a leash-free exercise area for dogs, so your pooch can come along and enjoy all the picnic fun.
Blackman Park has Gates which close at night. The gates are opened 6am-8.30pm Monday-Friday, and 7am-7pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. For more information on the park, visit the Lane Cove Council website.
I really think Blackman Park is a great facility and so arranged for relatives from the Illawarra to have a picnic there to celebrate my wife's birthday.
Unfortunately, parking was terrible when I arrived around 10:30am on Saturday.
I really think that council should give priority to improving parking for this otherwise wonderful facility, especially to cater for the many sports played on Saturday mornings.