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Hopeville Park

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published February 27th 2013
Hopeville Park is located in the back streets of Hornsby, right where the suburb meets the bush. No signs will direct you towards its location, so you have to know where to look. You'll find the park between Marine Crescent and Meredith Avenue, streets which are best accessed off Galston Road.

Despite the secretiveness, the park is not insignificant, and it actually has a historic importance for the local area. Its name comes from a depression era camp for homeless people that was located on the site in the 1930s, back when the area was known as Fish Ponds Reserve.

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Hopeville Park

Today, most of the park consists of a grassy field which has a concrete cricket pitch in the middle. However the area isn't ideal for sport, because the ground isn't completely flat, dipping down particularly near Meredith Avenue

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The cricket pitch

It's towards the trees that you will find most of the action at the park. Here, there is play equipment (which looks pretty new), as well as a swing set and even a boat. There are also picnic tables.

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Twin slides form part of the play equipment

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The swings and the boat

The biggest surprise for me was within bush itself, where I found a BMX trail. It's not very big, but there are a few jumps (each of no more than a metre high) as well as some sharp corners.

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The trail with one of the jumps

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A bend in the BMX trail

Hopeville Park doesn't seem to be a place people would know about unless they lived in the area. I haven't visited it much, but I can't recall ever seeing anyone else there before (well, other than a man mowing the lawn on the day I covered it for this review).

Unless you're interested in BMX, the facilities aren't anything special, but if you live in the Hornsby area, perhaps you should visit Hopeville Park at least once, just to reflect on the area's past.
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Why? A small park where you won't have to compete with others - few seem to know about it
When: Any day
Where: Between Marine Crescent and Meredith Avenue in Hornsby
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thanks Vanessa. I live in the area and I didn't know about this park. I will take my son for a play there!
by leisa (score: 1|23) 2546 days ago
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