Work makes park pitches more hardy

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

RE­CON­STRUC­TION and ir­ri­ga­tion works on the south­ern play­ing fields at Boro­nia Park, North St Marys, are com­plete.

The work has in­creased the ca­pac­ity of the field for train­ing and play­ing.

Grant fund­ing through the NSW Com­mu­nity Build­ing Part­ner­ship Grants Pro­gram, along with Pen­rith Coun­cil fund­ing and con­tri­bu­tions from St Marys Rugby League Club, pro­vided for a play­ing sur­face that is more re­silient to wear and tear.

Pen­rith Mayor Karen McKe­own said the re­con­structed fields could ac­com­mo­date more peo­ple.

“Boro­nia Park is used by about 700 play­ers rep­re­sent­ing 47 teams for 48 weeks of the year,” Cr McKe­own said.

“The up­grades will al­low th­ese and new par­tic­i­pants more op­por­tu­ni­ties to train and par­tic­i­pate, with the play­ing sur­face bet­ter able to with­stand the wear and tear.

“Coun­cil is very pleased to have con­trib­uted to the project, and is ex­tremely grate­ful to our other fund­ing part­ners.”

Cr McKe­own said St Marys Leagues Club was the “epit­ome” of com­mu­nity and “cen­tral to many great ini­tia­tives in the area”.

The coun­cil re­ported more than 35,000 peo­ple used sports grounds in the city ev­ery week. “Pro­vid­ing qual­ity fa­cil­i­ties is es­sen­tial for the growth of both sport and in­volve­ment in healthy life­style ac­tiv­i­ties ... at a time when there is an in­crease in obe­sity, men­tal ill­ness and the like,’’ a spokesman said.

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