Wentworth Park Greyhound Racing Track
By: Jason L Penna
Wentworth Park Greyhound Racing Track and Sporting Complex is located at the center of Sydney, just a few minutes away from the city's central business district, making it also accessible to anyone from Chinatown and all other tourist destinations in Darling Harbour area. It is managed by a Trust Board, duly appointed by the Minister of Lands.
Before Wentworth Park was established, the place was known as Blackwattie Cove Swamp. During the 1830s until the 1860s, the place was filled with abattoirs and boiling down works that eventually polluted the place too much the creek had to be infilled. A program was then launched to clean up the place, building new ovals, greens, paths, lakes and other facilities to turn it into a Park. It was then named Wentworth Park, after the politician who facilitated the transformation. Since then, the place became a popular venue for different types of events and gatherings such as concerts, celebrations, movies and sports. Both World War I and II had significant impacts on Wentworth Park. It was utilized as a camp by the American Army who then remained there for the whole duration of the war.
In 1939, the Trust, who's in charge of the Park entered a lease agreement with NSW National Coursing Association, then conducting greyhound racing at the Park. Since then, the Park was regarded by many as a premier greyhound racing destination in New South Wales.
In the mid 80s, the government transferred the NSW Greyhound Breeders Owners and Trainers Association into Wentworth Park to co-manage and co-run the costs of its expansion and maintenance.
To date, other activities aside from greyhound racing are also being held at Wentworth Park such as soccer games, rugby league, rugby union, public examinations, functions and other public events. A total of 36 sporting organizations make use of Wentworth Park Sporting Complex, six days a week.
Greyhound race meetings are held here in Wentworth Park on Friday and Saturday evenings. It features a total of 10 races each race meeting, most of the time starting at around 6:35 pm on Fridays and 7:30 pm on Saturdays. It also features other facilities such as bars, fully-air conditioned grandstand, bistro, function room perfect for hosting different types of occasions and special events, big screen televisions to show racing and other major sporting activities, light rail access and car parking spots, as well as race-night function packages for a perfect night out with your friends and family.