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Steel Park

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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published October 16th 2016
A Water Play Park, Picnics and an Outdoor Gym
I love the calm undemanding pastime of strolling beside the Cooks River. I enjoy taking deep inhales of the slightly salty breeze and watching the changing scenes of mangroves that line the bank. Part of the pleasure is also visiting any of the many parks along the route that provide a welcome pause from the walk.

One of the nicest of these is Steel Park in Marrickville. It is easy to access on foot, via pubic transport and by car and is a better-appointed space than the majority of parks along the route.

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Enjoy views of the Cooks River


The Cooks River Cycleway - the length of path that lines the river - is popular among walkers and cyclists, but also those interested in taking their fitness up a notch.

Sensibly many of the councils that have the river in their 'backyard' have catered to the health conscious in the form of outdoor workout areas like the one shown below at Steel Park.

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Workout in the fresh air


Children love the area too and a visit to the Cooks River can make for a very nice day for parent and child.

It doesn't tend to be as crowded at parks down by the water, and children enjoy watching the water birds, not to mention playing in the dedicated play area.

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Childrens play equipment


Steel Park is special in the sense that it also has a Water Play area that is functional during hotter weather. It is one of the few in the area and is a fantastic idea. It operates daily between 10 am and 6 pm, from October to March

Swimming is not allowed in the Cooks River itself, so this provides a way for kids to cool down in the heat.

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The Water Play Park


There is an attractive area for having a picnic which has both covered and uncovered tables - and from either you can glimpse the river while still keeping an eye on the kids playing on the nearby children's play equipment.

Be sure to take the opportunity to use the barbeque facilities as well as the drinking water station.

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Benches for a picnic


Steel Park can also be a good place to park your bicycle in case you choose to ride to the spot but want to walk along the Cooks River itself. There are designated bike rails for this purpose.

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Top up your bottle


There are also public toilets on site that are open during daylight hours.

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Toilets on site


There is some handy parking nearby as well as some available in nearby streets if the parking lot is filled up - which can happen when the water park is active during hotter weather.

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Adequate parking


If you want to access the spot via public transport there is a bus stop just beside the park along Illawarra Road.

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Why? An attractive family-friendly park with river views
When: Daylight hours
Where: Illawarra Road, Marrickville 2204
Cost: Free
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