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Published August 24th 2014
Mark Taylor Oval has the look of a place that's been around for a while. Its quaint, simple field is dwarfed by the encroaching high-rise unit blocks and it doesn't look like it's been given many modern additions, though its facilities are well maintained and do cater for a range of sports.
The space is all about the oval, which is surrounded by a white picket fence. Rugby is a popular sport to play here, with games running on Saturday mornings in winter, while in summer it's cricket that takes over the space (as well as the senior oval turf pitch, there are both synthetic and turf practice nets). Tennis courts are also located next door (details on booking a court or lessons through Kim Warwick Tennis Academy can be found here).
Mark Taylor Oval
Maybe you could be the next Mark Taylor
Around the outside of the oval there's a path, though it doesn't quite extend all the way around, and in one corner there's a small playground. The equipment is very limited, but it does include swings and can be considered a useful back-up for the usually crowded Willow Park, which is on the other side of Edgeworth David Avenue.
This site used to be called Waitara Oval, so if you recognise the place and not the name, you're familiar with the pre-2011 incarnation. To learn about the oval's links to Mark Taylor, his time playing in the area, and how and why the oval was renamed click here.
While the name has changed, the oval is still pretty much the same place it always was, located behind Hornsby Bowling Club and near the North Shore & Northern train line. Parking at the oval isn't great, but there is angle parking along Waitara Avenue and Park Venue, with a small car park off Waitara Avenue too. Waitara train station is close by and even Hornsby station isn't too much of a trek if you want to go in other directions.