2018 Media Releases

Gore Hill Park – a new sporting field takes shape

10 August 2018

Gore Hill Park is set to become the jewel in the crown of the lower north shore’s sporting community, as construction reaches a key milestone in Willoughby City Council’s largest project of 2018-19.

Touring the site on Wednesday (Aug 8) with local federal member Trent Zimmerman, Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said she was thrilled with the progress, particularly the synthetic playing surface and playground installation which will commence next week.

“The overhaul means versatility and the new offerings such as the playground, perimeter path, outdoor gym and courts will ensure more people can use the space more often,” Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said.

“The car park, perimeter path and playground will be accessible for prams and wheelchairs, ensuring easy access for all,” she said.

The $10.5 million project was approved by Council in August 2016. It’s funded $9.5 million by the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants Programme and $1 million from Council. It will be complete in January.

The 4.4 hectare site at the corner of Reserve Road and Pacific Highway, St Leonards, has been used as a sporting field for over 90 years.


  • The oval has been re-oriented to make better use of the space
  • New see saw floodlighting for the oval has been installed
  • Perimeter walking path
  • Demolition of the existing pavilion and change room
  • Installation of underground on-site water detention system, which prevents flooding

Comming Soon

  • Synthetic field, ensuring more hours of play with less down time for maintenance
  • Regional scale playground
  • Outdoor ball courts including a half basketball court and handball courts
  • Outdoor gym
  • Construction of change rooms and toilets
  • Park lighting
  • Ball stop fencing and white picket fence to surround the oval.
  • Upgrading and realignment of carpark


Gore Hill Park was named after Irish free settler William Gore (1765–1845). He was granted 150 acres from the present day St Leonards to Artarmon Railway Station. The park is a Crown Land reserve. It was originally part of a 140-acre dedication for public recreation in 1869, with Willoughby Council as the trustee. By 1928 both cricket and football were being played on a levelled playing field with a concrete cricket pitch. 

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