Pioneer Oval

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Pioneer Oval is located in the town of Parkes, New South Wales Australia.It was carved out of a hill in eastern Parkes during the depression years and has evolved into one of country New South Wales' premier sporting arenas, playing host to major local, regional, national and international sporting events.


In 1892 a start was made to clear around 1,500 tree stumps and begin development of The People's Park, a reserve of 81 acres in the general Pioneer Oval / Spicer Park area of Parkes today.

The area was slowly developed during the great depression years and beyond to level out the playing surface and add three levels of tiered parking to further improve the spectator viewing from cars parked around the ground.

In a match between Northern and Southern Zones in April 1953, the Parkes First Grade Coach, Ken Arthurson AM, was badly injured. He was later to spend three months in hospital recuperating from a fractured skull and never played Rugby League again. Ken Arthurson went on to be one of Rugby League's greatest administrators, rising to become Chairman of the Australian Rugby League from 1984 to 1997.

Prior to 1963, there were no amenities available at the ground. Teams were required to use the amenities under the grandstand at Spicer Oval, which was over .

In 1963 G.C McCabe won the contract to build the dressing rooms and kiosk at a cost of 11,900 pounds. It was named the Charles Dwyer Pavilion and was opened by the Mayor of Parkes, Ald. A.C. Moon. The Pavilion...
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