Work gets go­ing on sports park up­grade

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE - Jes­sica Lamb Jes­sica.Lamb@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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