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Published November 10th 2016
Secret hidden playground with flying fox
Nothing here which says "playground", but there is, and it's a doozy
In that quest to find the ultimate gem of a playground that has enough equipment, has both shade and sun, and isn't so well known that it's constantly chock-a-block with little kids hogging every last inch of equipment, I think I've made a great little find.
If you have young kids and are frequently in the area around Lindfield, if you don't know about Lindfield Oval playground, definitely pay it a visit. I'm sure your kids will love it.
Although it isn't fenced, it is a fair way back from the road, and actually it's absolutely possible that you've been walking past it all this time and never realised there's a playground there, because from the road, the trees screen it from view.
There are a few spots for cars to park off the main road if you drive in. Not a huge number, but every time I've been there it hasn't been a problem.
Benches opposite the oval, on the other side of the road you need to drive down for fifty metres to get to the playground
This is a swing perfect for your confident toddler/ pre-schooler who is ready to graduate on to a non-strapped in swing, but not quite ready for a full size child swing. Not only is it low to the ground so they can get on themselves, but as they swing, the coloured big red and yellow flower-wheels at the top spin in time to their swinging - so adorable!
Near to that, is a flying fox - careful, the snap at the end is quite vicious, so make sure you/ your kids hold on tight. (This mumma thought it would be good to demonstrate how much fun flying foxes were to the kids by getting on and flying herself, because the kids were reluctant to try it. Holey moley, the heavier you are, the higher you swing at the end. It wasn't just the wind that made my hair stand on end when I got off the flying fox!)
Flying fox - really fun, until you realise how high you're going to zip up at the end!
The one downside of this park is that if it has toilets, they aren't close. I've noticed that online descriptions of this playground say that there are toilets, but for the life of me, I don't know where. I suspect they are round the other side of the oval - and when I've got a toddler who suddenly needs the loo, that is one very big oval to walk around.
The toilets are there. There are two ovals - a top one and a bottom one at the end of the driveway running alongside the playground that leads to the carpark. The toilet block is between the two ovals, next to the carpark. It is about a 60m walk from the playground.