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Barden Ridge Park – Inclusive Playground

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    Address: 150 Old Illawarra Rd, Barden Ridge NSW 2234
    Size: District
    Ages: Children (0-5 years; 5-11 years);
    Parking: Yes!
    Coffee nearby? No 😢


    • Play equipment
    • Inclusive
    • Shaded picnic settings
    • Rope net climbing tower
    • Nature play
    • Fully fenced

    The Park

    Barden Ridge Park is located in the south-west of Sutherland Shire. The playground is across from The Ridge Sporting Complex which is packed with activities for older kids and adults including a golf course and driving range, bike track, pump track, dog off-leash park, athletics track and football fields.

    Fitting in with the theme – the playground is full of play value for kids too! It has been designed with inclusivity in mind and has a variety of equipment to cater to a range of ages and abilities. The playground was designed by Landscape Architects at Sutherland Shire Council, with equipment by Moduplay.

    The main piece of the playground is the castle tower play unit that you’re met with upon entry. It has a suspended bridge that takes you to a platform with a twisting slide or fireman’s pole to get to the ground level. The bridge is fantastic as it is inclusive to children with mobility disabilities. On the ground level, below the platform, are play panels and a shop front for younger kids and toddlers to develop creative play skills.

    As well as the castle tower, the playground has a dual bay swing set with a basket swing, and a rope net climbing tower. For kids looking for a quiet contemplative space, there are pockets of grass on the edge of the playground, bordering the lush garden beds around the perimeter.

    Another play element included in the playground is nature play. This has been well executed in the play space and incorporates a small circuit of logs and sandstone boulders amongst thick grass plantings.

    For circulation, a concrete path directs traffic through the play space. There are some level changes in the playground, but they’re absorbed with gentle ramps. The use of synthetic turf as the impact attenuation material around play equipment is an excellent choice from an inclusive play standpoint.

    Shade sails manage to cover the castle play tower and swings. Natural shade and improved ambience from the planted trees in the playground will be provided once the trees mature.

    In terms of furniture – there is a shaded picnic setting on each side of the playground. Other seating in the form of sandstone logs are placed throughout the play space, which also act to divide spaces. There is also a drinking fountain equipped in the park.

    The playground is fully fenced and enclosed, making supervision (a bit) easier.


    We love the consideration for inclusion that has gone into the design of this playground! The shade sails over play equipment provide comfort, the selection of concrete and synthetic turf allows for accessibility and the choice of equipment means there is something for everyone.

    Additionally, the rope net climbing tower and nature play are terrific for older kids. The suburb has something for everyone with the playground complementing The Ridge Sporting Complex just down the road.

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