The fences are down at the upgraded Dangar Park Playground at Mayfield, a small but shady and central playground located in Dangar Park on the corner of lngall Street and Maitland Road.
The original toddler playground is still there. A basic toddlers park, it has a slide, fireman’s pole, play shop, noughts and crosses, giant sliding beads and more.
New additions to the park are a swing set, with one swing plus a spiderweb swing, a bouncy and a ninja-style climbing frame.
Kids preschool age and above will love the climbing frame.
There are so many things to climb on; rope ladders and nets, climbing walls and rock-climbing rocks, balancing obstacles plus monkey-bar style handles to swing across.
My kids made up a fun game where they had to get from one end of the frame to the other without touching the ground, achievable but challenging.
For a small playground, this one packs some punch and my four-year-old and six-year-old happily entertained themselves here for over an hour.
Dangar Park is situated on the corner of two busy and major roads so extra caution needs to be taken with wandering tots and in getting in and out of the car.
Given its position, the park is actually quite peaceful, with plenty of shade provided by lots of big old trees and four picnic tables to choose from.
Although there’s plenty of space for kids to run around in between the trees, the ground is pretty uneven so, for a game of soccer or similar, they might be better off playing on the adjoining Dangar Park field (assuming it is not being used at the time).
Older kids can skate or scooter at the Dangar Park skate park, not far from the playground. There are park benches to relax on and keep an eye on your kids here too.
There’s plenty of on-street parking on either lngall Street or Maitland Road and we found the toilets in the park, although dated, to be reasonably clean. I couldn’t see a water fountain in the park.
Good to Know
Address: 21 A Maitland Road, Mayfield
Public Toilets: Yes
Water Fountain: No
Picnic Facilities: Four picnic tables, no BBQs
Cafe Nearby: Closest cafes are in Maitland Road
Meg is a born and raised Novocastrian whose interests include gardening, reading and writing poetry. In between writing for Newy With Kids and working casually as a School Learning Support Officer, Meg enjoys camping and travelling with her family and exploring Newcastle and all it has to offer. Meg has two energetic kids and is passionate about kids having the opportunity to be outdoors as often as possible.