Sydney Park in the St Peters and Alexandria areas is massive. Massive would an an understatement. I would have to say this as I recently ran inside, outside and throughout this park as part of a weekly, timed running race that I recently participated in for WeekendNotes Sydney.
Not surprisingly so, as Sydney Park comprises of over 40 hectares of open parkland. One of the largest parks in the inner city. Sydney Park also has a community feel with ample views of the city skyline. A sense of community is enjoyed whatever you end up relishing here.
For starters, the popular St Peters Parkrun event is held every Saturday morning at 8am here. Sydney Park paves the way for a challenging course all the same. To cool down and unwind afterwards, Sydney Park also has its own fully catered and equipped kiosk with takeaway coffee available. The most multi-coloured chairs one has ever seen in any park.
Bike riding is emerging as a popular exercise past time in Sydney in addition to walking and running. Bike riders love the challenging course here too. Walkers, the course is just as challenging for you. You will also find couples holding hands. One popular and busy park. Also speaking of sport, the Alan Davidson Oval is a world class sporting facility for AFL and cricket players. The outside oval also comprises part of the 5km challenging course that comes with the St Peters Parkrun experience. This is one massive oval, especially running around it.
Come here on a Saturday morning and you will also find a group of other fitness fanatics boxing and playing tug-o-war. Ample restroom and parking facilities are also enjoyed, and Sydney Park is also conveniently located right near St Peters train station.
In terms of animal conservation, a series of water courses and wetlands run from the centre to the south eastern corner of the park. This provides habitat for native and visiting waterfowl. This park also plays a prominent role in community and charitable events such as National Tree Day.
Helping little ones learn the letters of the alphabet
Equally as exciting, the children's playground area was opened by the City of Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore back on the 6th of December 2008. A variety of different swings, as well as multiple sandpits are available. There are certain plaques within the park where kids can learn the alphabet, no different to watching Sesame Street. One modern playground indeed, and also comes with family BBQ facilities.
Love this park but the cafe has to have the slowest service in history. More than 20 minutes for a coffee and more than 45 minutes to half heat a frozen sausage roll!!! Bring a picnic for a great day out :)