Grinstead Park at Enoggera is a popular Northside playground featuring an expansive fort playground, nature play area and learn-to-ride facility. Surrounding play opportunities for older children make Grinstead Park the perfect destination for families with children of all ages.
Grinstead Park (also known as Shand Street Playground) is a massive play space for families with so many opportunities for exploration and play, while catering to children of all ages.
The standout for kids will be the impressive fort-style playground nestled under huge shade sails. It features swings, slides and various other activities for a range of abilities. Standing balance swings, a large nest swing and a ‘shop’ add to the attraction of this impressively sized playground.
Grinstead Park offers many opportunities for bike riding, with paths leading all over the north of Brisbane and of course, an awesome learn-to-ride facility.
A multi-use court, nature play area, and outdoor fitness equipment are also a great addition to Grinstead Park. BBQ facilities, picnic shelters, park benches and lots of grassy open spaces, make Grinstead Park the perfect place to spend several hours and enjoy a picnic.
Opened in 2020 after a Brisbane City Council upgrade, the learn-to-ride facility at Grinstead Park is popular among young riders, whether they are cruising on their balance bike, trike, scooter or bicycle.
Located just a short distance from the main playground, joined by small bridge, the learn-to-ride facility will challenge little ones while also providing an opportunity for road safety education.
The bitumen paths feature many road signs, pedestrian crossings, a roundabout and speed humps, making it anything but boring when learning to ride. The facility is mostly flat, with the exception of the speed humps, and is surrounded by grass and a few trees, so if your rider does veer of course, they are less likely to injure themselves.
A covered picnic table, drinking fountain and bike rack is located beside the track, making a great spot for tired riders to rest and recover.
Nature Play Area
Located next to the main playground and picnic area, is a dedicated nature play area. The area features logs, many stepping-stones and a few friendly creatures hiding through the area (how many frogs can you find?)
As the name suggest the nature play area is in a natural setting, and as such the ground is uneven (rocks, leaves, logs, stones) and could also be home to wildlife. Encourage your little explorers to investigate, appreciate and respect nature and all it entails and have fun while doing so.
Scattered throughout Grinstead Park are several opportunities for play. Other than the massive playground and learn-to-ride facility, there is also a multi-use games court, rebound wall, outdoor fitness equipment, plenty of open space and a skate park nearby.
The multi-use games court features two basketball hoops at either end and line markings for several sports. There are poles for a net, which could be used for volleyball, though no net was visible on our visits. A low fence surrounds the court, with higher fences at either end, to reduce balls rolling away from the court.
Whether by rolling down the grassy hills or simply laying in the grass cloud-spotting, your Brisbane Kid can enjoy the masses of space on offer at Grinstead Park. The fort playground is perfect for playing pirates and princesses in castles. For slightly older Brisbane Kids, the bridge and adjacent grassy areas provide opportunities for adventures into the unknown and nature-spotting.
One thing that really stood out when we were there were the bird calls all around us, like we were standing in the middle of a forest and not in the middle of suburbia.
Grinstead Park has accessible toilet facilities and water fountains. The majority of paths are suited in part to wheelchair and pram use, however not all the paths are on flat ground. The playground is unfenced but shaded by giant shade sails throughout much of the day. The fort features access via a ramp and there are several activities suited to all abilities. There is a generous off-street carpark for convenience.
Grinstead Park features
- Unfenced playground
- Fort-style playground under shade sails (mostly covered)
- Bark base
- Water pump
- Climbing opportunities
- Ramp for fort access
- Nest swing
- Flying fox
- Outdoor fitness equipment (covered with shade sails)
- Multi-use court including basketball
- Nature play area
- Learn-to-ride facility
- Skate park (nearby)
- Grassy open spaces
- Bike paths
- Electric BBQs
- Shelters with tables
- Accessible toilet facilities
- Water fountains
- Creek adjacent
- Mature shade trees
- Generous off-street carpark
- Bus-stop at the entrance of the park
Another great Brisbane Playground nearby is Teralba Park.
What we thought about Grinstead Park
This is one of the area’s most popular playgrounds, so getting a park can be challenging, especially on weekends and school holidays. You might need to park further up on Shand Street along the road. We don’t love the fact that it is so close to a main road but the engaging nature of the play space means you arent worried about it, but I think it would be nice if the council fenced it off in the future. What we love is the variety of play options, from the learn-to-ride track, the playground, the water play and the unique nature play area. We often visit Grinstead Park after seeing a movie at the nearby Reading Cinemas which offers affordable movies compared to some of the bigger theatres.
How to get here
Grinstead Park is located on Shand Street in Enoggera.