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Croydon Park

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by Rebecca Bowyer (subscribe)
Writer, blogger, history buff. I love all things food, wine and kid related. Find me at seeingthelighterside.com.
Published January 6th 2014
Update March 15th 2015
Two of the three playgrounds at Croydon Park have now been replaced with one brand new playground next to the skate ramps. Fabulous for all ages and partly covered.

All the Sports and Recreation You Need in One Place
Croydon Park is 10.7 hectares of wide open space in the heart of Croydon, between Mt Dandenong Road and Hewish Road, backing onto the Main Street. Initially part of the estates of J. Kerr and T. McIlrath, it was acquired for use as parkland by the Shire of Lillydale in 1937.

Croydon Park
Local residents enjoying the open space


Farmers Market
On the second Saturday of each month from 8am - 1pm, Croydon Park plays host to the Croydon Farmers Market, where you can wander underneath the towering shady trees, grab a coffee and purchase quality locally grown and made produce and gifts.

Playgrounds
The kids are sure to find one they like with no fewer than THREE playgrounds scattered about the place.

Croydon playground
A great all-ages playground with bbq facilities in the northeast corner of the park


The playground closest to the pool, at the north-east corner, is the best all-ages playground, with big kid/little kid slides and plenty of climbing apparatus.

Croydon playground
Great for toddlers and next to the Farmers' Market


If you're looking for somewhere that's safe for toddlers the fenced-in playground in the Northwest of the park is your best option. With broad easy steps up to the slides and a cubby house at ground level, it's also right next to the Farmers' Market so you can enjoy your coffee in peace and let the littlies run off some jumping beans.

Croydon playground
Bring a picnic or fire up the barbecue


The playground is part of the Rotary Circle and Playground, presented to the Maroondah City Council by the Rotary Club of Croydon to commemorate twenty-five years of service.

If you'd like to stay for lunch, take a seat at one of the picnic tables in the Circle and fire up the barbecue.

Croydon playground
Suitable for older kids and due for refurbishment in the near future


The third playground, closest to the skate park, is good for older kids, but is a little tired and in need of an update. Fortunately, Maroondah City Council has set aside significant funds to redevelop this whole section in the near future.

Sports and Recreation
Croydon Park continues to be a thriving sports and recreation hub with a long history. Home to the Croydon Cricket Club (formed in 1886) and Croydon Tennis Club (established in 1907), it also boasts a heated outdoor pool (open November - April, entry $5.20 for adults, $3.60 concession and children under 16, kids under 5 are free), a skate park and walking tracks, which form a section of the Taralla Creek Trail.

Y Space, Croydon Skate Park
"Y Space", Croydon Skate Park welcomes kids on scooters and teenagers on skateboards alike


Public toilets can be found behind the Cricket Club pavilion and ample parking is available both on the surrounding streets and behind the Main Street shops.

Tarralla Creek Trail
Take a stroll down the Tarralla Creek Trail which runs through the Park
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Why? When you need to get out into the open space in the suburbs
When: Year round (bring a raincoat in winter!)
Where: Croydon Park, between Mt Dandenong Rd and Hewish Rd, Croydon, VIC 3136
Cost: Free entry to park, playgrounds and skate park; from $3.60 for pool entry; check club websites for tennis and cricket fees
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