Work makes park pitches more hardy
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.