Mason Park Playground Upgrade

The Strathfield 2025 Community Strategic Plan outlines a commitment of ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ which will have high quality sustainable innovative playground development.

As part of this undertaking we routinely review playgrounds to identify current and future demand for upgrade or new playgrounds for the local community. The  playground at Mason Park, Homebush was identified as needing an upgrade.

Current activities and objectives for playgrounds include:

•   To make Councils playgrounds more exciting and innovative

•   To cater for a wider age group

•   To implement inclusive/all ability playgrounds

•   To provide activities for teenagers and youth

•   Provide a wider range of activities and experiences

•   To continue to improve safety and lower risk

Strathfield's playgrounds provide both physical and intellectual activities encouraging children to learn and grow, developing their minds and bodies in a safe and fun environment.

A copy of the design plan is located here. Planning is underway for construction of the playground, and is expected to commence by end of June 2017 (weather pending).

New Synthetic Fields

Two new synthetic fields are being built with one at Strathfield Park and one field at Mason Park; these sports fields are designed for the local community with the current stakeholders using the fields to continue with utilisation of the synthetic fields. Construction will finish in August ready for the start of the summer season bookings.

The all-weather playing fields, rain or shine, are always left with consistent perfect surface for the community groups to play social sports all year round. While natural turf requires a period of recovery after utilisation with an average of 25 hours use each week, the synthetic fields can endure heavy use of 50 hours per week which provides more utilisation for residents to get the benefits of fitness through sports and passive recreation.

Location

Underwood Road, Homebush.

Facilities

  • Sportsgrounds (Cricket summer season, Rugby winter)
  • Night lights for training
  • Public toilet facilities
  • Children’s Playground

A map of Mason Park's facilities can be downloaded.

About Mason Park

Mason Park is one of Strathfield’s four significant parks. Mason Park is a popular park providing a wide range of sporting and recreational facilities and opportunities.  Facilities include touch football, cricket and amenities.  Mason Park is also a corridor of open space providing for pedestrian and cycle movement linking suburbs, shops, parks, schools and workplaces with peoples' homes. It may contain playgrounds in suitable locations.

Park Hire

The following sports facilities are available for seasonal and casual hire:

  • Winter Season: 3 Soccer Fields (lights available), 6/7 Touch Football Oz Tag Fields (lights available)
  • Summer Season: 2 Cricket Wickets (synthetic), 6/7 Touch Football Oz Tag Fields (lights available)

More information and applications forms for sportsground hire.

History

Mason Park is a former tidal mangrove swamp and garbage tip. The park was named for Albert Mason, a former Mayor of Homebush Council, which amalgamated with Strathfield Council in 1947.  Mason was also chief electrician of Arnott’s Biscuits Factory in George St, Homebush.  He developed a unique approach in turning the swamp into useable land.  Arnott’s Biscuits were originally sold in tins and empty tins from the shops were returned to the tin recycling department at the Homebush factory.  Tins that could not be recycled were either crushed and buried in the company’s bowling green and car park in George St and others were combined with ash from the biscuit factory’s engine room and used to fill Mason Park. (Reference: Jones, C. Parks, Reserves & Memorials, 2004)

Transport and Accessibility

Bay to Bay Cyclepath/Walking

Bus and Train – Trip Planner provides information on public transport including timetables and routes. 

Parking is available in the Mason Park public carpark.  Use of the carpark is limited to park users only and is frequently patrolled by Council rangers.