City of Gosnells Mayor Terresa Lynes and Councillors gathered today to turn the first sod to commence construction on the City’s largest investment in sport and recreation to date – the redevelopment of Sutherlands Park.

Mayor Lynes said the 67-hectare reserve will be transformed over the coming years to become a one-stop sport and recreation hub for the rapidly growing community.

“Southern River’s population is projected to nearly double by 2036 and with that growth comes increased demand for quality sporting and recreation facilities,” she said.

“The Sutherlands Park Master Plan addresses the needs and expected growth of our local sporting clubs, including a commitment for a much-needed aquatic facility that will service the region.

“It is very exciting to get this landmark project underway.”

Sutherlands Park in Huntingdale features seven sports reserves, three pavilions, a community centre, two playgrounds, a synthetic hockey ground, indoor cricket training facility, and a Bush Forever environmental site.

The Master Plan, developed in consultation with key sports clubs that use the park as well as other community members, includes:
• New sports club spaces
• New configuration of sporting ovals
• Youth Entertainment Space (YES) and pump track
• All-abilities playground
• The Sutherlands Park Leisure, Aquatic and Sports Hub (SPLASH)
• New Huntingdale Community Centre
• An enclosed dog park

Construction will begin with the all-abilities playground and neighbouring car park.

The all-abilities playground is one of 10 promised to the community in 2020, to make play accessible close to home for everyone, with six playgrounds now complete and planning underway on the remaining playgrounds.

“It is important to ensure families with children of all levels of ability can access safe and enjoyable play opportunities close to home,” City of Gosnells Mayor Terresa Lynes said.

“Playgrounds, recreation spaces and sporting facilities are a huge part of the lives of our residents – they improve our health and wellbeing, support better community connections and generally make living in our community more enjoyable.”

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