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Darrel Jackson Tennis Courts

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by Anna Rose (subscribe)
I'm a music enthusiast and foodie looking for new places and experiences.
Published April 29th 2014
Easy and breezy park for all, thrill seekers included
Darrel Jackson Gardens

Tennis is an exhilarating, heart pumping exercise. From the Australian Open to Wimbledon, the sport captures the heart of youngsters and the thrill-seeking individuals of all ages.

For those tennis lovers

Let's say you are in for a recreational hit with your friends. Your nearest tennis court is a ten minute drive. You called the day before. The hire of the court alone costs you $20 an hour. Your friends are reluctant to come the distance.

Now all these problems could be solved by a simple solution. Rest assured, I am not advocating more funds into the sport. The inner west hosts a limited supply of tennis courts, notably two in Burwood Park. On my nightly strolls, I see the two tennis courts dark and locked.

I think to myself, if only I could break that barrier. And thus, some internet research has led me to find a free tennis court in Sydney. Yes, it exists.

The one I am referring to is conveniently located off Summer Hill Station. But a problem arises. One early morning, I picked up my car keys at 7am, rang up a friend who happened to be awake (to my surprise) and asked her to join me at the courts.

Of course, I expected them to be empty on a cloudy autumn day. To my disappointment, if you have not guessed already, they were both occupied.

Skate ramp with artistic graffiti

Despite being half awake and disgruntled, my friend and I decided to wait. The park was comforting, it was simple with a children's playground and a short skate area.

Children's playground under shelter

Though the wait was long, I realised I had stumbled upon a quiet getaway set amid rapid traffic and the bustle of city life.

Wide walking path leading to open grass area


Facilities include a large chess board and a basketball court

If you happen to press pause on your way home or fancy throwing a tennis ball like I do, come to Darrel Jackson Gardens.

Second children's playground
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Why? Fresh air is always nice
When: Whenever
Where: Smith Street and Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill
Cost: Free
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