Cook Park, Orange NSW

Cook Park, Orange NSW

According to some of our Central West Mums, here’s our review of the playgrounds in the Orange LGA with some items considered like accessibility, equipment, shelter, toilets and more.

Cook Park – Summer St, Orange

This is one of the most beautiful historical parks in Orange established in 1873. It is vibrant with many heritage trees, a rose garden and open all year round. There is also a park guildry in the Victorian style Bastick cottage run by a crafts group who sell a range of handcrafted goods including pottery, woodwork and knitted goods like baby booties and more. You can also buy freshly baked goods and chocolates for a picnic snack.  The closest cafe to this park is Anything Grows which is a short two minute walk away although longer to the Kite Street side where the swings are so best to drive and park if you have younger children.

What ages is this playground suitable for?

I wouldn’t call this park of cook park ‘play equipment’ in that is only swings. Swings are for all ages! There are swings for toddlers, swings for big kids. There is also an accessible boat shaped swing and there is a ‘Mum and bub’ swing which my little one adores. The council has used a soft fall type flooring instead of the typical bark which makes these swings feel modern AND safe.


The swings are not enclosed or fenced off at all, and being quite close to the duck pond, keen supervision is a must! There is no shelter so makes them unusable in the rain and quite hot in the midday Orange sun.

The park is largely wheelchair accessible.

There are toilets available on the other side of the park. The disabled toilet has room for a pram, however, I did not notice a change table.

Comfort & Shelter

Plenty of space surrounding for a picnic and a few picnic tables scattered around mean that parents are able to supervise relatively comfortably.

For more on playgrounds across Orange, refer to the Orange City Council map.

Amorette Zielinski

Amorette is a Mum of two boys who often keep her flying by the seat of her pants and a wife to a man who is so much fun to share life with; never dull! Friends often call her a ‘connector’ because she loves putting like minded people together curating experiences for them.

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