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.
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
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.