Rajah Reserve gets $300,000 makeover
Read about how Rajah Street Reserve has been upgraded in a unique partnership between the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation and the City of Marion.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.
Children and families living in Oaklands Park are set to benefit from an overhaul of one of the community's major reserves - thanks to the generosity of the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation (RRSF).
Rajah Street Reserve, which is central to 410 households in the area, has been transformed from an underused reserve into a multi-use, sport and recreation ground following a $300,000 makeover.
The rejuvenated reserve includes:
- Two multi-purpose sports courts
- 40m Running track
- New landscaping
- Grassed area and soccer goals
- Playground equipment
- Picnic and barbecue area
The overhaul began in early January and has just been completed.
The foundation raised the necessary capital through fundraising and grants while the City of Marion has contributed $55,000 along with design and project management expertise. A range of corporate partners provided further in-kind support.
RRSF founder Roger Rasheed and City of Marion Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis unveiled plans for the upgrade in December.
"The Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation is all about improving the physical and mental wellbeing of disadvantaged children by providing opportunity, equipment, facilities, funding and, most importantly, encouragement," said Mr Rasheed.
"We have been inspired by the passion of the locals to breathe new life into the area. Marion Council has been fantastic and, together with our corporate donors, we believe we will once again make Rajah Street Reserve a sporting hub for this community.”
The commitment from the RRSF will continue long after the completion of the works with the foundation to support ongoing training programs, equipment and mentoring from elite athletes – creating a long-lasting effect.
Mayor Lewis said: “The rejuvenation of the reserve is an outstanding example of how the community can benefit when the local council, organisations such as the RRSF and the corporate sector work together,” Dr Lewis said.
“The council and the community have been working to co-ordinate a range of events around the reserve, including celebrating Mother’s and Father’s days, Christmas parties and activities for the young and elderly.
“Central to these activities is encouraging people to meet their neighbours – and the upgrade of the reserve will help make this community an ever better place to live.”
Dr Lewis said the area had been the location for a statewide pilot for the Family by Family project, which linked families who had been through tough times with a family that wanted to make a positive change to their lives.
Mr Rasheed paid tribute to businesses who have committed to support the project, including Jarvis Toyota, ResourceCo, Clubs SA and Toro.
- Visit the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation website for more information.
- See photos of the community upgrade party on the City of Marion Facebook page
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