Altrove Hilltop Park in Schofields was opened to the public on 8th April 2018 and It cost a whopping $2.3 million dollars. Everyone is talking about it because it’s not just a park for the kids…it’s a park for the adults too! Why? Have you seen the slide they’ve built!? Jaw dropping WOW! Honestly Playgrounds around Sydney keep getting better and better and this one by far has made us say WOW. It’s not just got the kids excited but the parents too!
With the school holidays started this was number one on our list of things to do.
The main hotspot is of course the slide and not just any slide, oh no. We are talking about a massive 30 meter slide that’s curves from the top to the bottom. It’s so big that’s its visible from far away before you even get to the park and that certainly got the kids excited.
To access the slide you need to climb the tower using the stairs (great for those of you that want a good workout). Once you reach the top you get incredible 360 degree panoramic views that overlook the park, the new housing estate and even Blue Mountains in the distance. There is a seating area at the top too so you can have a rest…much needed after climbing all those stairs. Sit down and relax and take it all in. Even if you don’t want to go on the slide it’s still worth climbing the tower to see the views.
Stockland’s Altrove community are very lucky indeed to have this playground on their doorstep.
Playground equipment: something for all ages young and old
Other than the 30 meter slide, the playground also features a cool flying fox, pair of swings, climbing net, web swing, an embankment with built in slide (Nice for those kids who are feeling a bit scared to go down the huge slide.) separate fenced area for young children and toddlers, 4 shaded picnic tables and 2 BBQ’s, toilet amenities, drinking fountain, bike path perfect for kids to ride their bikes and scooters, a table tennis table (BYO ball and Racket) and a basketball hoop.
The flying fox is a good size and has two lines that can carry two people on separate seats. On a negative though the seats are quite high and it made it difficult for my 8 year old and 11 year old to get on.
There are some nice artificial grass areas under the play equipment and inside the enclosed area for toddlers and small children.
The park has a huge open space where you can really spread out and kick a ball or have a game of cricket. Bring a picnic rug and relax while the kids play. On really hot days though it may be hard to find a shady spot. There were some small trees (newly planted) that gave us some shade.
The toddler play area
This is such an awesome little enclosed area. It has nice artificial clean grass. It worked great for me as I have an 11, 8 and 2 year old so my youngest didn’t feel left out. This area features a climbing structure with a small slide, cow spring rocker, a set of swings 1 being a toddler swing, wide see-saw which you can seat around 3 kids on one end and 2 rotating monkey bars which my older girls loved.
Parking at Altrove Hilltop Park
Yes there is heaps of free parking on the street (Overly Crescent or Hoy Street) and there are walking tracks to reach the park easily from these streets.
The toilets are situated adjacent to the toddler play area.
There are 2 BBQ’s at the park under the shaded picnic table area.
How to get here
Altrove Hilltop Park, Corner of Hoy Street & Overly Crescent, Schofields
I would advise you to come down sensibly on the slide and keep elbows tucked in. The slide is pretty fast and unfortunately I did get friction burn as my elbow hit the side coming down.
On school holidays and weekends the park can get busy and the queues on the slide can grow long so be prepared to wait to have a turn on the slide.
We love to hear from our readers. Let us know if you have visited this park and what you thought. For further information regarding the park please visit the Stockland website. .