I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published March 24th 2015
A lot of people probably drive past Ulolo Community Park without ever setting foot inside it. If you don't recognise the name, it's the park next to Galston Road just before the entrance to Galston Gorge.
The park mainly serves the residents living down Ulolo Avenue and other streets off Brett Avenue. I guess it's all in the name; Ulolo Community Park.
This place is the most basic kind of local park you could find. It provides some open space and a little play equipment (mainly in the form of swings). There's also a table under a large tree and a seat near Galston Road.
Most of the park is located between Galston Road and Ulolo Avenue. However, the open strip of land it takes up does continue on the other side of Ulolo Avenue, all the way back to where the bushland starts.
Every family wants a park they can get to easily and the existence of Ulolo Community Park within means nearby residents don't have to cross Galston Road. However, if they venture over the other side, they would be able to enjoy Montview Oval, just a little way down Montview Parade (which starts directly opposite the park). This oval has much more space, netball/tennis courts, a playground, a bike park and more.
Other parks in the area include Rofe Park, a major Hornsby sportsground with a dog park, fitness equipment and playground, and Leonora Close Park, another small local park but one that has benefited from new equipment recently, unlike Ulolo Community Park.
Vanessa M - in the old days (1960s) when I was a youngster growing up in Ulolo there was an awesome slippery dip - the old metal and stainless steel (burn your bum in summer) type. It felt like it was 2 storeys tall. At the bottom of the slide was a well - worn in the ground by many small feet over the years. It would fill with water after rain and one had to avoid falling into it as you slid off at the bottom. There were two wooden see-saws - when your opposite wasn't paying attention you would jump off and laugh raucously when they hit the ground with a jarring thud. The swings had wooden seats and long, long chains suspending them. It was terrific fun to sit on the seat and have someone wind you around and around and then let go!
I taught my younger brother to ride a bike in that park - so clearly remember holding the back seat and him saying "Don't let go!" - of course I did about the third go - he kept going, riding furiously down the slope saying "Don't let go!" - in the distance I yelled "I won't!".
Woah - those were the days!!!
So many great memories of this park.