I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published March 13th 2013
Leonora Close Park is a small park in Hornsby Heights that is located between Somerville Road and Leonora Close. It provides kids in the local area with a place to play and I think it's probably prettier than other, similar local parks, as the rocks and trees here give it a more natural look, which suits the bushland surrounds of the area.
The main reason people visit this park is the play equipment, but it's pretty small and kids will probably become exhausted with it quite quickly. The main equipment is made up of a short slippery dip, stairs and two metal shapes that kids can use to climb up to the platform.
As well as this equipment, there are two sets of swings - one for young kids and another for everyone else. There are also two rocking seats, shaped like a dolphin and a duck. The dolphin has always been the most popular with the kids I've brought here.
The rest of the park consists of an open grassy space and a whole lot of trees that are located in one of the back corners. I like the presence of this scrub because it gives the place a more natural feel, but others seem to have found another way to enjoy it: when I visited, there was a fort made out of branches hidden within.
The fort is an impressive construction, with branches woven into each other to create walls. There's a stump to sit on and even a roof of sorts, with a gap that allows adults to stand up, too. It's this fort that has entertained the kids I've brought here more than the equipment sometimes, as we get sticks out and pretend to cook marshmallows over a fireplace.
My experience at Leonora Close Park applies to the park as it is in March 2013. However, the place is set to undergo some changes between April and June, with an upgrade to the play equipment currently being proposed, as well as new swings, better seats (and picnic tables) and even a bike track.