The park is located in the centre (within the track) of the Sha Tin Racecourse with a gross area of over 20 acres. It features green areas, as well as pools used by various waterbirds. People around the area often go there to have a walk. There are many painted horse statues and artworks. It is closed during horse racing days and Mondays.
During the years after SARS, there have been a few slight bouts of bird flu, and the man-made lakes have been closed a few times to reduce the chance of visitors contracting the diseases. The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced that Penfold Park would be closed from the end of July 2007 to April 2008 for the construction of training facilities for the 2008 Olympic equestrian events. On January 17, 2009, the park is reopened for public once again.