History of Wentworth Park

Greyhound racing first appeared on Wentworth Park land in 1932, interest in the sport grew over several years with the NSW National Coursing Association (NCA) forming an official lease agreement with the Wentworth Park Trust in 1939.

By the 1970's large crowds attended race meetings. The NCA undertook construction of a large grandstand to accommodate what they envisaged would be the continued expansion of patronage. The decision was catalyst for significant change and the start of a new direction for Wentworth Park.

In the mid 1980's the NSW Greyhound Breeders Owners & Trainers Association, who at that time were racing at nearby Harold Park, were moved by the Government into Wentworth Park to share the Complex and running costs.

Despite their long partnership with the Wentworth Park Trust, the NSW NCA terminated their agreement in 2008, to take up permanent residence at The Gardens. Subsequently the NSW GBOTA took over the operations of both meetings held at Wentworth Park.

In July 2010 racing moved from Saturday and Monday to Friday and Saturday evenings, making the sport more accessible to the social surroundings. Presently, races are held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

Currently, as well as greyhound racing, the Complex is utilised for soccer, rugby league, rugby union, public exams, functions and community events. Local schools receive use of the facilities at no charge and the Trust encourages interaction with the community.






Photos courtesy of Craig Youll,  Craig Golding, Greyhound Racing NSW and Greyhound Recorder