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No more change table at Heritage Park.

Do you remember the post about Heritage Park in Castle Hill?

It’s a nice place but the change table had been vandalised, making it unusable. After contacting the Council, they’ve come back to us and advised the change table will not be replaced. Apparently, this is not the first time the change table has been rendered useless do to the actions of thoughtless vandals. While it is unfortunate, we do understand the decision to not replace the table.

If you’re heading to Heritage Park, do come prepared with your own change mats. You’ll need to look after babies on the ground or in the car.

 

Heritage Park – Heritage Park Drive, Castle Hill, NSW 2154

*UPDATE* Due to repeated attacks by vandals, the baby change table in the toilets will not be replaced. We thank the Hills Shire Council for keeping us informed.

Overall: Basic. Lovely park to visit, but BYO change mats because the change table has been vandalised.

Good Points: New buildings, easily accessible (no steps). Change table, sink and soap. Door locks from the inside. Hook on the back of the door to hang nappy bags. Toilet and toilet paper. Very clear signs.

Bad Points: Damaged change table. No hand dryer or paper towels.

*submitted by Juliet*

It’s a lovely park in the middle of suburbia with significant historical links (these are detailed through sign posts throughout the park).Easy parking, lots of walking and bike tracks. 2 nice big picnic areas with tables and shelter. BBQ’s also available. Lots of bird life and areas to explore. Some play equipment but more suited to 5+yr olds.They recently replaced their demountable toilet block with a permanent one which I was excited to check out.It however, had been sadly vandalised 🙁 the toilets and sinks were fine (very heavy duty though so vandal proof!!) but the plastic change table was burnt and just seemed yucky.I personally would be more comfortable using a blanket on the grass than the table.It was disappointing that the new facilities had been so recklessly damaged but I thought I would post about them anyway :)’

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Castle Hill Library – Level 2, Castle Grand, Cnr Castle & Pennant Streets, Castle Hill NSW 2154

Overall: Basic. Nappy change and toilets only. Clean.

Good Points: Clean. Nappy change table. Rubbish bin. Sink, soap and hand dryer. Door locks from the inside.

Bad Points: Hard to find, as there’s no sign on the door to indicate a change table available. Narrow hallway to the toilet, with a narrow doorway leading inside. It’s next to the elevator, past the security gateway, so borrow books first before heading to the loos.

The kids section of the Castle Hill Library is magical. I love going there, sitting in the giant wooden castle with my little one and reading a pile of books together while we lay on cushions. It’s beautiful. However, the same can’t be said for the baby change facilities.

For a start, the toilets aren’t well sign posted, but they’re next to the elevator (just in case you’re wondering). Now before you head to the loos, make sure you’ve borrowed the books in your hands otherwise the alarms will go off, as you have to walk through the security gateway to get to the toilets. That would not make for a fun visit to the library, or the loo.

Once you’ve borrowed what you and your little ones want, head in the direction of the elevator. Once past the security gateway, to the left is a narrow hallway and on the right of this hallway is the disabled toilet. Although it doesn’t have a sign on the front to say so, inside you’ll find the baby change table. It’s pretty clean, and the safety straps are intact. Underneath the table there’s a general rubbish bin for nappy disposal (rather than a proper hygienic nappy disposal bin). The toilet has assistance rails, that will come in handy for little ones who are using the loo. The sink, soap and hand dryer are a bit out of reach of little hands, so some assistance may be required.

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That’s pretty much it. For such a fabulous library I had expected more for parents in baby change/parent room facilities. For feeding your little one, I’d suggest finding a nice quiet cosy corner of the library (again, the kids area is gorgeous), or heading to the cafe in the library. The only other alternative is the dodgy parent room down on level 1. The last time we saw that, it was the one of the most horrible, uninviting places we’d been in. So enjoy your visit to the library, but be prepared for not being able to feed in private.