The clearing, preparation and creation of Salk Oval was a major project of the Lions Club involving members Warren Blackadder, Keith Farrell, Bill Freeman, George Hawker, Robert Neumann and others in 1960. It was specifically developed for use as a Cricket and Australian Football ground. Palm Beach Currumbin Football Club, then known as ‘Centrals’, first played in 1961 under Captain/Coach, “Rollie’ Daniels. The former Currumbin Cricket Club, now Palm Beach Currumbin first played on Salk Oval in 1963.
The oval was named in honour of American Physician, Jonas Salk. Salk was hailed as a miracle worker following the research and development of a polio vaccine in 1955.