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St Ives Village Green / William Cowan Oval

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published July 21st 2012
St Ives Village Green is a popular park in St Ives that sits directly opposite St Ives Shopping Village. It is bordered on one side by trees and on the other three sides by Memorial Avenue, Village Green Parade and Cowan Road.

In the lowest section of the park, closest to Memorial Avenue, there is a field used for a sports such as softball. To one side is an area full of trees where you can find a swingset partially hidden. On the other side of this field is the St Ives Guide Hall.

The bottom area.

More of the bottom area.

At the opposite end of the park, up near Cowan Road, there is an even larger oval made up of five baseball fields with a synthetic cricket pitch in the centre. This area is also known as William Cowan Oval. A line of trees separates the oval from the road and there are a few seats around the edges, as there are everywhere on the site.

One of the baseball fields.

Between these two sporting grounds are the other attractions. One of these is a playground made up of three very different sections. In the first section there is some unusual equipment for older kids, while the next has a set of swings and in the last section, enclosed within a fence, there is an area for smaller children with a mini slide and swing. Next to this equipment is a skate park.

The skate park.

Also at William Cowan Oval are four tennis courts, which are double-marked for netball too. The courts are available for hire.

The tennis courts.

One feature to look out for at the St Ives Village Green is the mural on the toilet block which depicts the sports played here. The building can be found between the upper oval and the play equipment.

Part of the mural.

Another section of the mural.

The St Ives Village Green is a truly community area. The Festival on the Green is held here every year and there always seems to be kids in the skate park, people eating lunch on the seats or a baseball game taking place, parents crowding the edges of the field. If you live in the area, you probably know it already, but if you haven't visited yet, come down and enjoy this family-friendly place.
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Why? A popular family park.
When: Every day
Where: Memorial Avenue, St Ives.
Cost: Free
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