I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published July 29th 2015
Hassell Park is located right next to the St Ives Preparatory School campus of Sydney Grammar School. However it's not part of the school; it's actually a public facility.
The oval here is used for sports like cricket (in summer) and rugby (in winter). It is the home ground for St Ives Rugby Club and has a clubhouse next to the Hassell Street entrance, where there is also a parking area (with a very poor surface). Two sets of practice nets, with five individual nets in total, can be found around the oval.
Hidden from the entrance, there is a playground in the corner where Mona Vale Road and Palm Street meet. The equipment is quite simple and includes swings and a slide. Lots of trees and a fence keep kids safe from busy Mona Vale Road too.
Hassell Park takes up an entire block in St Ives, yet there is still quite a lot of bush around its edges. When I read a sign at the playground, I learned this was intentional; it's the remains of Duffy's forest, a woodland that is restricted to Warringah and Ku-ring-gai. You can read more about the forest at the park.
Wander through the remains of Duffy's Forest near the car park