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Published September 29th 2013
Picnic and play on hallowed turf for apple lovers
Maria Ann Smith arrived in Sydney in 1838, and in the mid-1850s her family bought a parcel of land in the Eastwood area. It was on this farm in the late 1860s that Granny Smith "accidentally" developed the variety of apple that would one day share her name and be grown all over the world.
[ADVERT]Granny Smith's role in the local area is celebrated during Eastwood's annual Granny Smith Festival, a huge community event held every October. But Eastwood is also home to Granny Smith Memorial Park, a leafy, grassy reserve that marks part of the southern boundary of the Smith farm.
Located on Threlfall Street, this decent-sized park has plenty of grassy space for energetic kids to explore. You can set up for a game of soccer or cricket, or alternatively find a secluded spot to stretch out for a picnic.
There's also a picnic table on offer, along with a number of bench seats throughout the park. A kids' playground sits in the shade of nearby trees and features swings, a slide and a flying fox. A couple of spring rockers can be found a little way down the hill from the playground.
The equipment here is starting to look a little dated but is scheduled for upgrades in 2014. Banks of leafy trees provide shade and quiet hidey holes for kids to explore, but there's also no shortage of sunny spots to enjoy.