Brookvale Park includes Brookvale Oval and surrounding open space areas. The Oval dominates the centre of the Park and includes the playing surface, grandstands and other minor facilities. The Oval is recognised as a northern beaches icon as the home ground of the much loved Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. The adjacent open space areas form a neighbourhood park which is highly valued by local Brookvale residents.
A total of $10 million is being spent over the next five years to upgrade and improve access to the Oval’s existing facilities. This money has been sourced from a one off grant of $6 million from the State Government and $4 million from Council. However, after the upgrade further major works will be required to renew the Oval if it is to continue to be used as a regional sporting ground.
Brookvale Park is a community owned asset and when not booked for hire or maintenance the Oval is open and available for any member of the community to use. The Sea Eagles are a licencee of the Oval, which they can use for a limited number of events each year. To allow time for set up and clean up after each game, their licence provides access to the Oval for a period before and a period after each game day. However, only on game days do the Sea Eagles have ‘exclusive use’. During the bump-in and bump-out periods they have shared access to the Oval's facilities with the community.
The Oval is also used for local rugby league games and is occasionally booked by other professional teams such as the Wallabies for training purposes. Outside of NRL game days, the Oval is available for other users and is visited daily by people wanting to kick a ball.
The Oval is a fantastic community facility and Council want to ensure it is used to its maximum potential and encourage other sporting and community based uses that could help to fund its upkeep. The Oval is a community facility and can be booked by community groups, schools and residents. Council is keen to improve the booking process to make it easier for different groups to access the Oval when it is not in use by the Sea Eagles.
The Park is one of a number of open space and recreational facilities that Council has responsibility for managing. In 2008-2009 Council spent $9,746,000to manage open space and recreational facilities.. The costs of managing Brookvale Oval, account for around 3.5 percent of the funding committed to managing open space and recreational facilities across the Warringah area.