Polonia Reserve Playground | Croydon Park | Review

Polonia Reserve Playground in Croydon Park

A huge, unique, soccer ball themed structure is the centrepiece in the recently upgraded Polonia Reserve playground, and it’s one of the best climbing structures we’ve ever seen.

Review by By Claire Davill

Polonia Reserve playground opened to much fanfare in August 2023, and the fanfare is well-deserved. This is a fantastically designed playground, with unique equipment that challenges children of all ages, as well as all the facilities you want in a park – toilets, picnic shelters, barbeques, shade trees and lots of room to run around.

The dominating, seven-metre tall soccer ball is hard to miss. It provides three levels of play on the inside, including climbing nets, ladders, viewing platforms and steps.

Two slides are accessed from the structure, an open metal slide on the second level and a tube slide from the third level.

On the outside, there is a climbing wall that will challenge even the best climbers, two fireman poles and a cute ticket booth for imaginative play.

A large, shaded, soft fall area adjacent features a set of swings, a basket swing, a small accessible roundabout, springy seesaws and in-ground trampolines.

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There are also stepping logs and poles nearby, and a wire cubby shelter that will grow with the planted Hardenbergia vine over time. There’s a basketball court here as well.

Nearby is an impressive wheatsheaf sculpture with misters for cooling off on hot days.

There is plenty of open space for running or kicking a ball, and an impressive riding track featuring miniature road signage for practising your road skills – bring your bikes or scooters to take advantage of this great feature.


There are also several pieces of exercise equipment surrounding the park, including chin up bars, an exercise bike and elliptical, suited for adults or bigger kids.

There are picnic shelters, barbeques and park benches all through the park. There’s also a lovely big shade tree with a small wooden fort underneath that would be perfect for a picnic.

Things to consider:

  • There is plenty of off-street parking, accessible from Essex Crescent.
  • There is a toilet block with two unisex stalls, both with baby change tables.
  • Only some sections of the park are fenced, so you will need to keep an eye on little ones. The park is adjacent to South Road on one side, but this section is fenced, and there is no access to the main road here, only a service road.
  • While much of the equipment is under shade sails, the soccer ball climbing structure is in full sun, and it is made of metal. It may get quite hot in summer. Pay particular attention to the metal slides before using!
  • While the inside of the soccer ball climbing structure has a range of equipment to suit children of all ages, younger children may need some supervision. The equipment has been designed so that it is quite easy for adults to climb up into the structure if needed.


Essex Crescent | Croydon Park – just south of Regency Road and east of South Road 

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