Work gets going on sports park upgrade
STAGE one of the Whitsunday Sports Park $6.5 million revamp has begun, with works expected to be finished by winter next year.
As well as extra fields, the Whitsunday Sports Park has plans to build a league-style clubhouse that will eventually offer pokies, a restaurant and bar.
Whitsunday Sports Park committee chairman Justin Butler said the redevelopment would be completed with minimal disruptions to sporting teams using the playing fields.
“Stage one will be finished by March next year and the stage two change rooms by May and the clubhouse at the latest in July 2019,” he said.
“You see other cities with the big mega clubhouses generating money and our smaller version will generate cash flow into local sport and the community.”
Working in partnership with Whitsunday Police Citizens Youth Club, about 100m of land will be given to the PCYC to extend the boundary of the existing skate park as they plan their expansion.
“We’ve agreed to giving them a little more land in exchange for them letting us use the canteen in the bottom field and hopefully their kids come through our sporting clubs as they grow up,” Mr Butler said.
Currently the footings for the bottom clubhouse are being shifted up beside the top oval, along with grandstands. The relocation is expected to be finished in the next few weeks.
The new netball demountable clubhouse arrived and a similar structure with toilets will be installed beside the skate park in the next few months to service the bottom fields.
ON THE MOVE: Footings for the relocated bottom clubhouse are being shifted up beside the top oval, along with grandstands, in the next few weeks.