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Published June 2nd 2013
Family park and rose garden in Sydney's north-west
Forest Park is a family-friendly reserve in Epping. With a kids' playground, picnic areas, tall trees and plenty of open space, it's a lovely spot for a family day out.
Tucked away off Blaxland Road and not far from the busy traffic of Epping Road, this sunny and peaceful family park boasts a surprising amount of space. There's plenty of shade if the weather is warm, while there's no shortage of open, grassy space to explore. You can set up for a game of soccer or cricket (albeit on a sloping pitch), or just let energetic kids run themselves ragged.
A number of picnic tables and park benches are dotted around the park, or you can just spread out a picnic rug in the sun. There's also a decent-sized playground to keep the kids entertained, featuring swings, slides, a see saw, a cubby house and plenty of structures to climb and explore.
A path runs diagonally through the gently sloping park from Blaxland Road to Forest Grove. The path takes you to the park's centrepiece, a war memorial, which is the site of an annual Anzac Day dawn service.
This memorial was actually first erected in 1922 on the corner of Beecroft Road, to remember those who gave their lives in the First World War. But the monument was obstructing local traffic and, in 1937, it was moved to its current location in Forest Park.
Forest Park also has its own rose garden which, if you visit at the right time of year, can be beautifully colourful. Toilets are also available in the park, while parking is on offer in Forest Grove.
To find out more about the facilities and location of Forest Park, log on to the Hornsby Shire Council website.