Howe Park is one of Singleton’s major, and oldest, parks and sporting venues. Howe Park was initially reserved as a public park in 1887. The site covers a total area of around 17.3 hectares. Much of this area (approximately 13.5 hectares) is Crown land managed by Singleton Council – comprising the oval, Howe Park Tennis Club and courts, and much of the Singleton Golf Course (including the Singleton Golf Club building). The remaining area (approximately 3.8 hectares) is Council-owned “community land” and makes up the northern portion of the Singleton Golf Course.
The Howe Park Oval has a turf wicket, and features a historic timber grandstand. It has been used for cricket matches since the early 1900s and today is the town’s premier cricket venue used primarily by Singleton District Cricket Association in summer. In winter, the oval is used for football by the Singleton Strikers Football Club.
Howe Park is Singleton’s regional tennis venue. The Howe Park Tennis Club offers eight grass and six synthetic courts (most floodlit) and two synthetic junior courts, plus a small club building and ancillary facilities. The courts are used for social and competitive tennis, as well as coaching and school sport, and croquet.
The Singleton Golf Club occupies much of the Park, under an agreement with Council, and manages the 9- hole Singleton Golf Course as well as a clubhouse (which includes a barbeque area, beer garden and children's playground), a Pro Shop, adjacent car park (only part of which is on the Council-managed Crown land), and associated maintenance areas and out-buildings.
Beyond these organised sports, Howe Park is used by the local community for casual activities such as walking, informal games, fitness training, dog-walking, socialising and relaxing. Howe Park is also part of the Singleton Heritage Walk.
Council now manages Howe Park as guided by an earlier “generic” plan of management, adopted for all of Singleton’s sportsgrounds. Recent changes to Crown land legislation in NSW requires Council to prepare a new Plan of Management – as a guiding document for the area’s future.