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Underwood Reserve

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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published January 1st 2017
Another little park in the Inner West
There are lots of little-known but very worthwhile little parks hidden about Sydney's Inner West. Many of these are secreted in quieter residential streets and will often be less-frequented than better-known parks in the area.

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Underwood Reserve


One such quiet spot is Underwood Reserve in Summer Hill. I came upon it a little while ago but only recently took a closer look.

The name itself at once piqued my interest, considering that Elizabeth Underwood was the pioneering land owner of the area that is now the suburb of Ashfield.

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Flowers line the front


I wasn't able to find a plaque confirming any link between her and the reserve, though so I had to settle with a wander about the space.

The reserve is clearly focused around the children's play equipment, but what attracted my attention initially was the mature rose bushes that line the frontage.

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The fragrant front of the park


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Small but pretty


Roses in parks were a lot more common in the past, as I recall, but not nearly as common these days - especially in smaller children's parks.




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old fashioned bubbler


The facilities seem to be designed to cater for the neighbouring houses - there aren't a lot of benches and tables, nor is the play area very big - but I find sometimes that minimalist spots like this are more intimate and therefore preferable.

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Seating for mums


From the road, at first glance it looks like there is not much more to the reserve, but if you walk down into the park you see that there is a second area that slopes away at the rear.

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Sporting area


Here there are practice enclosures for cricket or baseball, as well as an additional concrete space that would be good for practising ball skills for example.

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perfect for pitching practise


Not only because it is flat but also because it is a little secluded from the main road, enabling you to practice with some privacy.

At the rear of the practice area there is an exit onto Kensington Road, so the reserve is often just used as a short cut.



This reserve is a good alternative for parents with small children who want a quiet place for the children to play, as well as a change of scenery.

Underwood Reserve is only a three-minute walk from Summer Hill train station.
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Why? A place to take a rest in Summer Hill
When: Daylight hours
Where: 7/1 Gower St, Summer Hill NSW 2130
Cost: Free
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