Carn Brea track was opened in 1974 by Cornwall County Council as part of the Carn Brea Leisure Centre. It closed in November 1999 but following much local support reopened in February 2000 as a charitable trust company.
The track nestles below the ancient hilltop site of Carn Brea on which sits a medieval castle and a nineteenth century monument erected in memory of Lord Francis Basset, Lord de Dunstanville. Geevor tin mine - the last operating mine in Cornwall - is close-by.
Par track is a key part of the Par Sport and Recreation Ground which is administered and managed through Polkyth Leisure Centre, the main indoor sports facility in St. Austell. It has a 6-lane all-weather synthetic track and is fully equiped with facilities for all athletic events including throwing cage, shot putt, jumps and sandpits, pole vault and steeplechase. Floodlighting is used in bad light.