• Park Gore Hill Park
  • Location Corner Reserve Road and Pacific Highway, St Leonards
  • Facilities

    BBQ facilitiesPark benchParkingPicnic tableSports areaToiletsDisabled toiletExercise StationPlay equipment

Area: 4.4307 ha

Named after William Gore (1765–1845), Irish free settler and NSW Provost – Marshal. 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. The pavilion containing change-rooms, toilets and meeting room was built in 1988.

There are some remnants of the site’s original Blue Gum High Forest vegetation community in the northern and western areas of the park, including Turpentine (Syncarpia glomulifera), Blackbutt (E.pilularis), White Stringybark (E. globoidea), Red Mahogany (E. resinifera), Ironbark (E .paniculata) and Sydney Red Gum (Angophora costata)

The features of this park include:

  • a synthetic playing surface for AFL, cricket, summer soccer and lunch time sporting groups
  • Storm water detention system below the synthetic field to protect the surrounding infrastructure from flooding in times of heavy rain
  • An inclusive playground, including water play troughs, a quad swing, plastic slides, play towers with rope bridges, climbing nets and metal slides, a spinning carousel, a basket swing, sensory stepping stones, musical instrument corner and a breaching whale log sculpture
  • A central picnic area in the playground with wheelchair accessible tables, BBQ’s and bubblers
  • Half basketball court, 3 handball courts with lighting
  • 2 outdoor gym stations
  • perimeter walking track of just under half a km in length with pedestrian lighting
  • Accessible parking in both the northern & southern council carparks with lighting
  • Accessible home and away change rooms
  • Accessible public male and female toilets
  • Community function room available for hire
  • 2 sets of bike racks

Further information on Gore Hill Park stage 2 is available in the following document, there is no date for commencement of these works at this stage: