Dixon Street / Memorial Drive, Masterton
I grew up visiting this park, as my grandfather lived a block off the back corner of the wider park, so my brother and I often took our bikes past the cemetery, around the cricket oval and over to the play area. The only things that remain of that playground are a couple of old tractors for clambering on, and the train on the island over the bridge.
That’s not a bad thing – the new(ish) wooden play space is great for exploring by kids of all ages, there’s even a pre-schooler section. The flying fox out the back has good speed, and a great flick at the end if you’re heavy enough.
Toilets are a little bit of a walk down the main road (and there are only 2 cubicles), and parking can be tight if there is something on at the pool or events centre across the road. But its a great option to drive down the accessway into the park, grab a spot in the shade and walk through the park, stopping for a picnic maybe.
The wider park is great for exploring. Across the old swing bridge are some deer in a large paddock, and to the west of there is a BMX track.