It then fell into the hands of the Masons who proudly turned it into an orphanage and school to educate the less fortunate in the area. It was also for a time during WW2 a hospital for injured soldiers.
And now the Hills Shire Council own the land and maintain it for the local residents and their various community services.
The park includes shade covered playgrounds for all ages – swings and slides for little ones and a fantastic rope climbing area for your bigger ones. They even have a liberty swing for wheel chair bound kids.
There are tennis courts, a skate ramp and loads of space for kicking a ball or flying a kite. As well as plenty of free parking and toilets.
Around the park are excellent paths for you to take your daily constitutional or for your kids to scoot and ride around (hint: it's a perfect place to teach your kids to ride their bikes).
Make sure you have a wander around all of the lovely old buildings and if you venture further behind them, you will find the enchanting memorial avenue of trees planted in memory of the lost soldiers of WW1. At the end of the avenue is a glass silhouette of a soldier inlaid in metal with the names of all of the Masons who died in the war.
You can also bring along your pooch as there is a large fenced dog run.
There are uncover BBQ areas as well as numerous spots to have a picnic. Sadly there aren't any food and beverage outlets on site so make sure you bring all of your own food.
We are very lucky to have Balcombe Heights Estate in the Hills. It provide us with excellent recreational facilities and it is also a reminder about the past and how fortunate we are as a result of the foresight, hard work and bravery of those that have gone before us.