Ford Park Playground Upgrade

The Strathfield 2025 Community Strategic Plan outlines a commitment of ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ which will have high quality sustainable innovative playground development.

As part of this undertaking we routinely review playgrounds to identify current and future demand for upgrade or new playgrounds for the local community. This review the playground at Ford Park Strathfield South were identified as needing an upgrade.

Current activities and objectives for playgrounds include:

•   To make Councils playgrounds more exciting and innovative

•   To cater for a wider age group

•   To implement inclusive/all ability playgrounds

•   To provide activities for teenagers and youth

•   Provide a wider range of activities and experiences

•   To continue to improve safety and lower risk

Strathfield's playgrounds provide both physical and intellectual activities encouraging children to learn and grow, developing their minds and bodies in a safe and fun environment.

The playground will see new equipment including a tower, swing-a-way, surf board rocker and shade structure. There will also be an upgrade to the area with soft rubber replacing the bark flooring.

A copy of the design plan is located here. Planning is underway for construction of the playground, and is expected to commence by end of April 2017.

Location

James Street, Water Street and Maria Street, Strathfield South

Facilities

  • Cricket practice wicket
    • BBQ and picnic shelters
    • Seating
    • Open space for informal recreational use.
    • Bay to Bay Cyclepath/Walking Path
    • Public toilet facilities

A map (PDF format) of Ford Park's facilities can be downloaded

About Ford Park

Ford Park is located adjacent to the Cooks River and Bay to Bay Cycle and Walkway.  Ford Park is popular local park suitable for groups such as events, Christmas parties and family gatherings.  This park contains a cricket practice wicket, BBQs, picnic shelters and open space for informal recreational use.  

Park Hire

Ford Park is available for recreation and social hire.  For information and applications forms for social hire or contact Council’s Bookings Officer on 9748 9645 for more information.

History

Ford Park appears to have been partially acquired by Enfield Council in 1931 when the Cooks River Channel was straightened and covered. Additional land was acquired in 1933 and 1935 through NSW Government subsidised loan schemes.  The west ward of Enfield Council was amalgamated with Strathfield Council on 1 January 1949.  Ford Park was named in honour of Ebenezer Ford, Mayor of Enfield (1915-17, 1920-29).  Ford’s grandson, Harvey Ford, was Mayor of Strathfield (1965-66).  Ford Park and Ford Street Greenacre are named for Ebenezer Ford.  An engraving of the Ford Family is contained at the Rotunda in Strathfield Park, dedicated for the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. Ford Park features the Jessie S. Broomfield Water Fountain, a fountain intended for the convenience of dogs, not people. When Jessie Stuart Broomfield died in 1935, her will not only bequeathed that money be distributed to various homes and institutions for dogs in the city of Sydney, but that that drinking fountains and troughs for dogs be erected with her name inscribed on them. In 1941, the Trustees of the Estate advised Enfield Council that Jessie Bloomfield had requested that drinking fountain or water trough for dogs be placed in either Jackson Park or Ford Park.  Erection of the fountain was completed in 1948. Another Jessie Broomfield fountain is located on Anzac Parade, La Perouse. (Reference: Jones, C, Parks, Reserves & Memorials of Strathfield, 2004).

Transport and Accessibility

Bay to Bay Cyclepath/Walking

Bus and Train – Trip Planner provides information on public transport including timetables and routes.

Parking is available on James Street Strathfield South.