Pioneers Memorial Park

Pioneers Memorial Park was formally the Balmain Cemetery. The site received over 10,000 burials of 24 different religious denominations. All but 126 of the burials occurred before December 1908. The Cemetery was renamed Pioneers Memorial Park in 1941 as a lasting tribute to the pioneers of the district and as a place of quiet recreation and enjoyment for future generations. The park has a memorial to the service people of Leichhardt who lost their lives in World War 1 (1914 – 1919) and the Bicentennial Rotunda.

Location

Norton Street, Leichhardt

Facilities

  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Disabled toilets
  • Drinking Fountain
  • No dogs permitted within 10m of playground
  • Dogs on Leash in western area of Park
  • Dogs off Leash in eastern area of Park

Dog on and off leash areas

Pioneers dogs map

Pioneers Memorial Park Dog On and Off Leash Area Map (PDF 1.7MB)

Bookings

Park bookings information 

Bookings will not be accepted within seven (7) days of a proposed event date.

There are two main types of events that require a park booking. See below for how to book for each type of event:

1. For casual one-off events such as weddings, parties or picnics in parks (30-250 people):

To make a booking use the online booking system below
To make an enquiry email: parkbookings@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Note: Bookings are not required for park casual events (under 30 people) UNLESS you wish to:

  • bring an entertainment or amusement devices, such as jumping castle, petting zoo, bubble soccer 
  • engage in the services of an external provider i.e picnic stylist, caterer etc.

2. For large scale events in parks or sporting grounds (over 250 people):

For both bookings and enquiries email: parks@innerwest.nsw.gov.au
You will be emailed the booking form to complete.

The following applications and approvals may be required for your event so please note the timings:

  • Park and Sporting Ground (casual hire) application form (at least four (4) weeks in advance)
  • Section 68 Application or Development Application (at least six (6) months in advance)
  • Approval for traffic and/or parking management from the Traffic Committee (at least three (3) months in advance.

Note: For casual hire of sporting grounds
Please email all enquiries to parks@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Sporting grounds always require a booking
no matter how many people are in attendance.

Terms and conditions of hire

Please ensure you read the terms and condition documents below and take note of this key information:

Cancellations and refunds

When the hirer provides more than seven (7) days' notice of the cancellation to Council the hirer will receive a refund, less a cancellation fee of $50.

When the hirer provides less than seven (7) days' notice to Council the hirer will receive no refund. Council does not reschedule or refund bookings if the weather is inclement on the day of the booking.

Confirmation and tentative bookings

Park bookings need to be confirmed with Council no less than one (1) week prior to the event.

Important documentation

Please ensure your read the following documents prior to booking:

Fees and charges 

Casual events (fewer than 30 people)

Number of people  Cost

Fewer than 30 people

No booking or cost 

Fewer than 30 people with marquee or entertainment/amusement devices
Maximum four (4) hours
Subject to Council approval

$51 per hour (GST inclusive)

Weddings (ceremony up to 120 people)

Application must be submitted to Council at least four (4) weeks in advance.

Number of people  Cost

Up to 120 people
Maximum three (3) hours hire

$341.70 (GST inclusive)

Minor events (30 to 500 people)

Applications must be submitted to Council at least four (4) weeks in advance for events over 250 people.

Number of people Cost

30 to 250 people
0 to four (4) hours hire

$51.00 per hour (GST inclusive)
250 to 500 people
$51.00 per hour (GST inclusive)

Major events (over 500 people)

For large scale events in parks and sporting grounds over 500 people, please email your enquiry to parks@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Number of people Cost

Over 500 people

$2592.30 per day (GST inclusive)

Using Council's booking system 

Before you begin

Bookings will not be accepted within seven (7) days of a proposed event date.

If engaging the services of contractor to provide equipment you will be required to submit public liability insurance

How to make a booking for the first time and set up an account

Use the 'Make a booking online' tab below that will take you to the booking system.

From here you will be able to make a provisional booking request for your preferred event date and upload your documents.

Please see the following guide to assist you. 

Cancelling a booking

Log in to your account and go to 'My Bookings', and for the relevant booking, click on 'Manage'.

Once in the booking, click on the "Request Cancellation" tab on the top right or bottom of the booking.

Please see the following guide to assist you.

Make a general enquiry

You can use Council's online customer service request system to make a general enquiry about our parks.

Make a general park enquiry

You may also email the bookings team directly via parkbookings@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Please note that no bookings are being taken for Yurulbin Park until at least 2025 due to the state government's Western Harbour Tunnel project. For more information please refer to the Western Harbour Tunnel page.

Make a booking online 

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Page last updated: 13 May 2021