Willoughby City Council opens synthetic turf oval at Gore Hill Park

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Up to 3000 people a week are expected to use the new $10.5 million Gore Hill Park sports and community facilities following its official opening last weekend.

Willoughby City Council’s largest project of 2018/19, Gore Hill Park is set to become a key part of community sporting infrastructure on Sydney lower north  offering a new synthetic oval, walking track and large scale playground.

Commenting on the facility, Willoughby Mayor ail Giles-Gidney said she was thrilled the project provided versatility and upgraded facilities, advising “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.

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

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 football as well while a new air conditioned function room will be available for hire.

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.