Paine Reserve, Mason Street, Newport


On Mason Street, close to the Newport station, and ever more importantly, right next to the recently reopened Leroys Cafe, is this cute little playground and reserve. Enough space for the kids to run off steam, and the ability for the parents to grab a decent cup of coffee, make this a very popular little place to visit on sunny days.  I ran into Leroys to grab a takeaway coffee, as it was absolutely packed on a beautiful, winter, weekend morning. The Newport library is being rebuilt, and will overlook this quaint little park when it finally opens.

This park has many memories – I used to go to playgroup in the centre that is now demolished, and I remember Mum taking both my brother and I to the Maternal Health Centre. It’s a place that I frequented many times during my year off on maternity leave, as Jack’s uncle Jeff used to work at Leroys.


  • Close to Leroys cafe, and other shops along Mason Street
  • grassed reserve
  • 2 swings, 1 complete with toddler harness
  • 2 slides, 1 curved, 1 straight. Both mid-height
  • clock, tic-tac-toe, steering wheel, abacus
  • straight ramp
  • curvy solid ramp, leading to steps up to slide platform
  • flexible hanging rings
  • vertical hoop and disc climber

Jack liked:

He finally broke his slide-ban and happily climbed up the ramp and the stairs multiple times to get down the slide. He also enjoyed sitting on the swing, watching the older kids play. He loves the spring rockers that he can climb into by himself.

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