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18 February 2019

New $10.5 million Gore Hill Park opens

Up to 3000 people a week are expected to use the new $10.5 million Gore Hill Park sports and community facilities after it opens in March.

In Willoughby City Council’s largest project of 2018-19, Gore Hill Park is set to become the jewel in the crown of the lower north shore’s sporting community, with a new synthetic oval, walking track and large scale playground. 

Set to formally open the new facilities on March 9 with federal member Trent Zimmerman, Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney said she was thrilled the project provided versatility and upgraded facilities.

“The new offerings such as the playground, perimeter path, outdoor gym, half basketball court and handball courts ensure more people can use the space more often,” Mayor Giles-Gidney said.

“The car park, perimeter path, change rooms, community function room, toilets and playground will be accessible for prams and wheelchairs, ensuring easy access,” she said.

The new synthetic surface will increase the playable hours as the field will not require ‘rest days’ that natural turf does and games can continue even in wet weather. Previously used by cricket and AFL teams, the field will now welcome soccer as well.

The new air conditioned function room will be available for hire.

“We invite residents, families, sporting clubs and local workers to make the most of this amazing new space,” Mayor Giles-Gidney said.

The $10.5 million project was approved by Council in August 2016, with construction starting in November 2017. It’s funded $9.5 million by the Australian Government and $1 million from Council.

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
  • Park lighting
  • Perimeter walking path
  • Construction of new change rooms, community function room and toilets (old pavilion and change room demolished)
  • Underground on-site water detention system, which prevents flooding
  • 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
  • Ball stop fencing and white picket fence around oval
  • Upgrading and realignment of carpark

Grand Opening – Community Event >>

Saturday, 9 March 2019, 3 - 6pm

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