I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published March 7th 2014
Rofe Park has a lot to offer and most people who live in the Hornsby and Hornsby Heights areas are well aware of this fact. I'd say it's one of the most utilised spaces in Hornsby and is rarely without visitors. From people using the facilities, attending events or just taking advantage of the open space for picnics, kite-flying or other activities, it's a communal hub.
One popular use of the park is for sports, due to its large oval. Typically, there is baseball in summer and AFL in winter. Rofe Park also has a tennis court, where lessons are held.
One of the baseball fields
As well as these sports facilities, visitors will appreciate the 700 metre path around the edge of the oval. There's almost always people jogging, walking dogs or riding bikes along it. I use it for exercise myself and enjoy the views you get over surrounding bushland and suburbia at some stages.
The oval and the bush around its rims
Also potentially useful if you like an active lifestyle is a set of wooden exercise equipment that has been at the park as long as I can remember, However I'm not sure that I've ever seen it in use, except as play equipment for kids. Another set of wooden equipment is located up on the oval, but I can't tell if it's for kids or adults.
The fitness equipment is at the front of the park
Children do have their own new playground though. It's completely fenced off, with a table inside, and currently has a castle theme.
A popular place to play
Another great feature of the space is a fenced-off dog park, which is located on the opposite side of the car park to the playground. Dogs are allowed of leash here and there are also dog training sessions by Hornsby Dog Training Club on Sunday afternoons.
The dog park is another popular facility here
One of the only things I can think of that Rofe Park doesn't have is a bike park, but you don't have to go far to find somewhere to ride. Nearby Montview Oval and Hopeville Park have small bike parks, while Golden Jubilee Field over in North Wahroonga has a great area full of jumps, ramps and the lot (it also has walks too, linking it to Cliff Reserve).
As well as all the permanent features, Rofe Park also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, giving you just another reason to visit. These include the Cancer Council'sRelay For Life, the Christmas Spectacular and school carnivals. Sometimes, you might even find a circus set up here.