Glenwood is a suburb of Sydney that was only established in 1996. It's located close to the Hills M2 and the M7 about 15 minutes from Castle Hill. Located next door to the tiny Glenwood Village shops including Woolworths, a bakery, a dentist, a chemist, a Liqourland, a Response Real Estate agency and two pizza places, Pizza Pizza and Pizza Hut takeaway, is Glenwood Neighbourhood Centre.
The front of the hall is quite welcoming. It has a great car park out the front and a bus stop is located right out the front also.
This cute, medium sized hall is available to hire for functions, playgroups and mother's groups and support groups such as Parkinson's support group. Dance classes and Zumba classes are also held there. It has the capacity to hold 140 people but I really think that would be pushing it. Perhaps if everyone stood there and didn't move.
This cupboard is the one that is owned by our playgroup. There are double door ones and single door ones. On the right hand side of this picture is the toy kitchen that can be used. It is kept in the communal cupboard it is very popular with preschool aged children. The wooden floorboards can be rough for the babies so we put down foam mats. This helps older children know that that section is for the babies and to be extra careful around that area so as not to trod on tiny hands or feet.
The car park which is located next to the Woolworths loading dock has quite a lot of parking spaces all of them angled. It features an entry driveway and a separate exit driveway. A bus stop is located right out the front of the centre. There is wheelchair and pram assess.
When taking children there be careful of walking in and out, as the car park does have easy walking assess to another street (behind the hall) - there is no gate in the car park and the children could run out onto the road.
The centre has large glass doors that lead into a nice foyer area which contains toilets and a baby change table. On the wall is a community notice board and pamphlets of the activities available at the centre, such as Zumba classes.
The stainless steel kitchen is quite big, it has long benches to prepare food on, a fridge and two sinks. The front of the kitchen area has one of those kitchen/ kiosk service counters with a lockable roller door.
A communal cupboard has large tables, square and round, children and adult sizes, the chairs also are plentiful and have different sizes. There are also communal little tikes cars, other ride on toys, a tunnel, blocks and a play kitchen.
Regular groups to the centre can also have their own locked cupboard that is just used by that group. The inside of the hall is quite bland, which is normal for these types of halls. I go to a playgroup there and we decorate, use paint, play dough etc and as long as it is all cleaned up before we leave, there is no problem.
The back of the hall has large glass doors again that open out to the outdoor area. The outdoor area has grass around the outside, pavers around the BBQ area and fake grass just like on tennis courts under the play equipment. This astro turf is quite worn, frayed and ragged - it really needs replacing.
The two BBQs are totally covered under a roof and look very new and clean. The play equipment does have a shade cloth above it but not a roof. So you can't really use the equipment in the rain but it does protect from the sun. There is a fence around the whole outdoor area which makes it safe for children and its a nice fence that you can see through to the pretty green trees and flowers around the centre.
There are two BBQ's avaliable here. They are totally undercover and are in a corner that is a safe distance from the play equipment.
The outdoor play equipment is bright and colourful and features a climbing section, a lookout, and a slide. The climb up to the equipment is steep for little ones, it is a bit too high. Then the second level up is also high, so the under 3's would need a boost. My little boy is two but he is a big boy and has trouble pulling himself up and he is even more scared of getting down.
The play equipment is right in the middle of the backyard of the centre. It does not have a roof but it is covered by a shade cloth. The yard area is attractive and appealing to children and adults. The bight colours of the equipment make it look very inviting.
Apparently because it is the only one in the area it can get booked out, so make sure you ring well in advance to avoid disappointment. Rather than have those functions at home and all your guests trooping through your house, hiring this hall is a good option, perfect for families functions, parties any get togethers really. As I mentioned before, if you are having a party, you could decorate the hall and it would end up looking really good.
There is a good sized blue slide for the kids, it gets pretty popular better line up early.
The thing I like about this hall is that it isn't very old so the tables and chairs aren't either, they are like those blue solid ones with the black legs. The adult chairs are all on a stacker and can be wheeled out and the large round tables are also in a stacker, which can also be wheeled around. This really helps to fit everything in and makes the set up and pack away easier.
Like any hall or community centre it has a high ceiling and it really echoes. Especially when there is nothing in the room - the kids' screams seem to bounce off the walls, but they are screams of laughter and fun, so I guess that's okay.
You have to bring your own food, drinks and pack away everything before you go and also take your rubbish with you. In the communal cupboard you will find a large broom to sweep the floorboards with and a dustpan and broom set.
This hall is good for adults and children, the outside picnic setting is its most attractive section and despite being so close to the shops it isn't noisy. Be careful, if you drive to the shops next door as the car park is a nightmare and very dangerous, actually so is the roundabout out the front of the shops. Good hall for hiring though.