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Pioneer Park

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by Tim Falk (subscribe)
A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published March 18th 2013
Picnic and play in Marsfield
Pioneer Park is one of those quiet little spots that not many people seem to know about. Drive past on nearby Epping Road and you probably wouldn't realise the park is even there, as it's up a slight incline and set back from the road slightly.

But turn off the main drag and into the backstreets and you come across this peaceful little suburban park, tucked away among houses and a little bit of bushland. A popular spot for families, Pioneer Park has plenty to recommend it for a day out.

The first thing you notice about the park is that it is quite well set up for fitness junkies. At the top of the list is a 340-metre recreational cycleway/walking path that encircles the park. On any given day you can find walkers and runners pounding out laps around here, as well as the occasional kid tearing around on their pushbike.

Pioneer Park is also home to an outdoor fitness circuit which is usually not too busy and lets you have a full workout. The circuit features:
Rope climbers
Leg lift
Parallel bars
Pull-up bars
Chin-up bars
Chain net rung
Balance log
Balance walker
Balance beam
Roman rings
Sit up
Challenge ladders
Spend half an hour doing the rounds of these and you should be pretty exhausted.

But Pioneer Park isn't just for fitness junkies; it's also home to a baseball field which, when not in use for organised games, is great for kids to run out their excess energy. And once the kids are done exploring the grassy areas and doing laps on the walking track, they can go nuts in the park's playground.

Covered by a large shade sail, this decent-sized playground should keep youngsters busy for a while. It features swings, a see-saw, a slide, climbing equipment and spring rockers.

Finally, Pioneer Park is also a good place for a family picnic. Sheltered picnic areas keep you out of the elements, while free barbecues are provided so you can cook up a feast.

Toilets are also avaialble on site, along with some off-street parking off Balaclava Road. To find out more about Pioneer Park, visit the City of Ryde website.
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Why? Enjoy a day at the park with the family
When: Anytime
Where: Balaclava Road, Marsfield
Cost: Free
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