Hammond Playground in Beauchamp Park, Chatswood 

Last week we ventured to Hammond playground in Beauchamp park, Chatswood. I’m really glad we went back for a second look after I’d driven past it without the kids when lost one day. 
 
 

Beauchamp Park is quite big itself and includes the playground, a sporting field (used for dog training during the week), a rose garden (did not see this), basketball court and a spring garden which I believe is under restoration.

  
The point is, this is a big park so don’t just put them name in your GPS and hope to find the playground, you may not.

The address I would use is Beauchamp Avenue or Nicholson Street, Chatswood as you can then park along those roads, or Darling Street. The only problem with Beauchamp, other than the fact that it is a one way, is that the development in the park means you have to walk to the end of Beauchamp to get into the playground via Darling. 

   

There are plenty of paved paths accessing the playground and throughout the playground so it is completely pram and wheelchair friendly. I suppose this also means that you could take a scooter or bicycle around the perimeter of the park but you would have to be careful of kids running around. 

 
The major problem with this playground is that there are no enclosed areas if you have wanderer you have to be very careful. While the playground is away from the road by some distance it is always a worry in the back of a mum’s mind I reckon. 
Hammond is a “Natural” playground like Hallstrom which makes sense because they are both the responsibility of Willoughy Council. Being a Natural Playground means there are rocks to climb, trees to run around, leaves to run through and plenty of shade.

There are plenty of things to play on: 

– 2 Swing sets 

– Massive sandpit 

– Double slide for siblings 

– Row boat

– Climbing frame 

– Those dangerous spinning things 

  
There are a number of picnic benches, open spaces to sit, BBQ facilities but no bathrooms close by. I believe that there are some next to the basket ball courts (as I was told). 

There are also some strange things like a cow chair (it’s called a “Cowch” which is pretty funny) next to a sculpted dog and pair of boots. We realized that you can step inside the boots which is lots of fun. There are also some fancy sculptures, fancy according to the council’s website. 

  
You could definitely make a proper visit out of this park by bringing a picnic lunch or tea helped by the fact that there is 2 hour parking around the playground with a few exception.

It was a good experience and we will be back! 

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