Legacy Park is a key feature in the rejuvenation and reactivation of the riverside Queens Domain area. The park has been named in recognition of the considerable contribution of Legacy to Hobart and the wider Australian community.
The area between the Soldiers Memorial Oval and the Domain Athletic Centre has been developed to improve visitor facilities on the Queens Domain and provide one of the City’s best playgrounds.
The park has a large adventure play space that is suitable for children of all ages, plus an accessible community space for barbecues and picnics, an outdoor amphitheatre, two pizza ovens, public toilets and shelters.
Work on the original concept plan for the Soldiers Memorial Oval precinct started in 2010 and was incorporated into the Queens Doman Master Plan.
The staged construction included the reinstatement of 36 trees along the Soldiers Memorial Avenue, upgrading of the car park and construction of a multi-purpose sporting pavilion, now known as the William Keith Eltham Pavilion.
The final stages of work included the construction of a ‘playscape’ children’s play area, wood-fired ovens and picnic shelters, and an amphitheatre to create Legacy Park.
The vision for the precinct was always to create a true community space that would be used for a diverse range of activities.
Located close to picnic and social areas, the playscape is designed for the use of children of different ages and abilities, inviting children to climb, clamber and use their imagination when playing. Discovery gardens, climbing wall and lookouts form part of the experience. Mimicking the grandeur of the dolerite escarpments on kunanyi/Mt Wellington, terraced rock walls protect the area from wind.
The playscape was developed using feedback from local schools and a range of stakeholders and community groups to create a space that is really special for families.
Barbecue and picnic facilities
There are five barbecue sites available for use, with two of the undercover barbecue areas bookable for a fee. The other three sites are available for anyone to use.
Four social areas with tables are available in the vicinity of the barbecues and pizza ovens. The barbecue and picnic areas overlook the playscape to the east. Other tables are spread throughout the playscape so that parents can keep an eye on their children at play.
Two barbecue pavilions are available to be booked and reserved for public use, between 7am to 9pm (during daylight savings) and 7am to 4pm (non-daylight savings periods). The minimum booking time is two hours, with a cost of $20 per hour.
Uncovered barbecue sites remain available for use without a booking or fee.
Community Bake Days are currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19 safety precautions. We are accepting private use of the ovens for up to a maximum of 50 people. Please call 03 6238 2886 to make a booking.
Two wood-fired ovens are availble for use by anyone in Hobart, from community groups and organisations to small gatherings of families or friends. Whether you’re making bread, pizza or something more adventurous, a wood-fired oven, reaching temperatures of up to 400°C, is a unique way to cook.
Community Bake Days are held every second Sunday, when the wood-fired ovens are fired up for free community use, and an expert Oven Coordinator is on hand to help. During daylight savings (October to March) Community Bake Days operate between noon and 7pm. For the rest of the year (April to September) Community Bake Days are between 11am and 4pm. Private bookings are permitted from 8am, until the last booking of the day at 6pm.
Private bookings are available for a fee on other days. The private hire of the wood-fired ovens and pavilion includes the provision of a qualified Oven Coordinator to get the ovens lit and heated, and to cook food on behalf of the hirer. The hirer is responsible for bringing their own food, cooking trays, eating utensils, plates and so on.
The cost for private hire of three hours or less is $200. The cost for between three and five hours is $300. Bookings can be made up to 12 months ahead.
How it works
The ovens are cleared of ash, prepared and lit the night before use.
As there are two ovens, one is able to be maintained at a high temperature for cooking pizzas, while the other cools to allow for normal cooking.
The oven temperature slowly drops during the day. Pizzas should be cooked early in the bake, then bread and finally roasts, cakes and biscuits. You could even bring pizza for lunch and enjoy the park setting while your roast is cooking for dinner.
What to bake and how to bake it
You can use these two wood-fired ovens to cook anything you might cook in your oven at home. This includes: bread, pizzas, roast meat and vegetables, pies, quiches, cakes, scones and biscuits.
If you're short on time or not a great cook, you might like to ask your local bakery or pizza shop to provide raw dough or a pizza readymade.
The Oven Coordinator will supervise and offer advice.
What to bring
Have your pizza or other dish prepared and ready to go in the oven. There's limited preparation space so it's a good idea to get your food ready at home.
Bring your own baking tray if cooking a roast or vegetables.
Also bring anything else you need for serving or preparing your food, such as utensils. But note that our friendly Oven Coordinator will give you back your cooked pizza cut into slices ready to eat.
There are precautions that need to be taken when using the wood-fired oven. This is why the City of Hobart provides a specialist Oven Coordinator to work the ovens and cook your food for you.
A venue for your next event
Have you got an event or function coming up? Are you looking for a venue that is easily accessible, easy to manage and can cater for lots of people? Are you looking for something a bit different? The wood-fired ovens could be just what you're after.
A fee covers the cost of the Oven Coordinator, who must be there to ensure that the oven operates safely and efficiently.
Making a booking
Bookings can be made in person at the Hobart Council Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart (corner of Davey and Elizabeth Streets). Customer Service Officers will be happy to help with any enquiries.
Alternatively, telephone bookings can be made through City Amenity Administration on 03 6238 2886.
Please note due to the high demand for site bookings at Legacy Park, we do not currently accept bookings via email.
Bookings can be made up to 12 months ahead.
Between the Soldiers Memorial Oval and the Domain Athletic Centre, Queens Domain 7000 View Map