Maitland City Council provides a range of recreational opportunities throughout the local government area. Council offers a variety of settings from formal gardens to parklands, natural bushland, wetlands and playgrounds.

An extensive choice of facilities and services are provided for residents and visitors to enjoy a host of recreational activities. Appreciate MaitlandPark, the most visited recreational area in Maitland, enjoy a family picnic at scenic Walka Water Works, take a leisurely walk along the HunterRiver or simply spend time at one of our many playgrounds.   

Booking information

To book a sporting facilitiy, reserve or park, click the link below, complete the form and return it to Council:

For further enquiries contact Council on (02) 4934 9700.

Policies for Sporting Grounds

click the link below for information about Council's fees and policies for hiring of sporting grounds:


Maitland Sport and Recreation Strategy

The Maitland Recreation and Open Space Strategy (MROSSR, 2004) seeks to provide a clear vision and direction regarding the purpose, level of provision, development priorities and management of recreational open space areas in the Maitland local government area (LGA).

The recommendations in this report provide strategic direction regarding priority actions to achieve the vision over the next 5-10 years. The recommendations are based on a combination of community consultation, a survey distributed to all households and the Maitland LGA, review of national data and experience.  

For further information regarding the Maitland Recreation and Open Space Strategy please contact Council phone (02) 49349700.

Skate Parks

Maitland City Council offers five skate parks located in the following reserves:

  • Harold Gregson Reserve (Central Maitland)
  • ThorntonPark (Thornton)
  • LargsPark(Largs)
  • Fred Harvey Sporting Complex (Woodberry)
  • Metford Recreational Reserve (Metford)

Dog Exercise Areas

Council has recently adopted a new Off Leash Dog Exercise Area Strategy. Click here to download the pdf.


  • Please ensure you pick up and dispose of your dog faeces in the disposal bins provided. Failure to do so may result in a $200.00 fine.
  • Please remember that you are still required to have control over your dog in off leash areas.
  • Please note the provisions of the off leash areas do not apply to declared dangerous and restricted dogs. Failure to comply may result in a $440.00 fine.
  • At all times please ensure that your dog wears a collar and tag. Failure to do so may result in a $110.00 fine.
  • Please take note of the Council signs erected in the off leash areas.


A&D Lawrence Oval - Thornton

AJ Baker Park - Alliance Street, East Maitland

Bakers Brick yard Quarry - Raworth


Les Circuit - Gillieston heights

The Esplanade - Lorn

Rathluba Lagoon - Rathluba

Verge Street - Telarah



Rutherford to Greenhills Cycleway Pocket Map

Rutherford to Greenhills Cycleway Pocket Map (PDF - 4.0MB)

Maitland Park

Maitland Park is a centrally located reserve offering Victorian period landscapes and architecture amongst sporting fields and facilities for leisure activities. The Park currently boasts both winter and summer sporting opportunities including a croquet lawn and hockey facilities.

Olympic Swimming Pool

Situated inside idyllic Maitland Park, this Olympic size solar heated swimming pool facility has many qualities featuring a baby pool under shade, children's play equipment, café, picnic and eating areas. Maitland Pool also caters for people with disabilities and has a water wheelchair and accessible amenities.

Equal Access Playground

Maitland Park has a State of the Art accessible playground that is a leader in universal design principles in the Hunter Region. The play area incorporates accessible play ramps and a liberty swing for wheelchair users, which is accessed by an MLAK key (available from MCC administration building or the swimming pool opposite play area).  The area is surrounded by grass and softfall rubber flooring, has an accessible parking area and footpaths to all accessible play areas, providing adults & children with disabilities equal access to recreational facilities. The park attracts families from all over the Hunter Region.