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Published July 20th 2013
A shady and secluded family favourite
Muston Park is a shady, pretty park on Sydney's north shore. Located on Penshurst Street in Chatswood, the park is a great spot for a fun family day out.
The first feature you notice when you enter the park - and one that'll be sure to keep your kids happy - is a modern playground. Fully fenced, the playground features a jungle gym, slide and swings. There's also plenty of seating so parents can supervise while their kids run amok.
The playground also features a bronze life size Water Dragon lounging under a rock and small stainless-steel creatures. A barbecue sits next to the playground, while there's several picnic tables and ample bench seating throughout the park if you want to sit down and take in your surrounds.
If you're looking for a spot on the grass, there's plenty of space to spread out a rug in either sunny or shady territory. The park would once have supported Blue Gum High Forest, but sadly no remnants of the original canopy are left. The oldest trees in the park, which are thought to date back to the 1880s, include a Camphor Laurel, two Bunya Pines, a Moreton Bay Fig and an Oak.
There's also a wisteria walk winding its way along the edge of the park. It looks spectacular at the right time of year, and offers another environment for kids to explore.
Scotts Creek runs through the centre of the park, with a bridge linking the two separate grassy sections. The bridge railings feature moveable perspex boxes with photos of various local fauna, another feature to entertain youngsters.
The park can be accessed from Penshurst Street, Eden Street, Douglas Avenue and Warrah Street. Public toilets are also available.
For more information about visiting Muston Park, log on to the Willoughby City Council website.