Sports clubs gear up for $8 million oval rebuild
Read about an $8 million redevelopment of Edwardstown Soldiers’ Memorial Recreation Ground.
Sports clubs are gearing up for an $8 million redevelopment of Edwardstown Soldiers’ Memorial Recreation Ground following the Coalition’s pre-election promise of funding.
The Federal Government announced in May it would commit $4 million to the project if it was returned to office.
The funding matches Marion Council’s commitment of $4 million.
Mayor Kris Hanna said the $8 million upgrade would transform the ageing site for footballers, cricketers, lawn bowlers and cyclists.
“Edwarstown Soldiers’ Memorial Recreation Ground will be completely renewed with improved sporting and community facilities that will create new opportunities for residents,” Mr Hanna said.
"The velodrome is the only one of its kind in Southern Adelaide and upgrading it will make it a drawcard for serious cyclists.
"Council has been in discussion with training providers to have skills training based at the new facility, to help support employment in the area.”
The project, which will take about two years to complete, includes:
- New sports and community clubrooms with function rooms and a cafe
- Extensive viewing areas over the bowling greens and oval
- Upgrade of the cycling track around the oval
- Makeover of Memorial Park where Dawn Services are held
The recently discovered Edwardstown Honour Board, which names more than 200 local residents who served in World War One, will take pride of place in the new clubrooms.
Chair of Edwardstown Soldiers’ Memorial Recreation Ground committee, Keith Harrison, said sports clubs were looking forward to the redevelopment.
“Sports clubs are excited at the prospect of training, playing and socialising in a modern and welcoming facility,” Mr Harrison said.
“The redevelopment will expand the versatility of the site, enable us to run community events, and bring new members to sports clubs.”
Council has sought confirmation of the Federal Government’s promise of $4 million towards the project and has been reassured it is a commitment of the Turnbull Government.
The next stage of the development will see detailed designs created and a call for tenders.
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