Penistone Park Community Sporting Facility officially opened
Local sporting clubs and members of the community celebrated the official opening of the City of Joondalup’s redeveloped Penistone Park Community Sporting Facility in Greenwood on Saturday 12 May.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob joined Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski, who was representing the Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray, in unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
Also in attendance were representatives from the Wattle Bird Playgroup, Warwick-Greenwood Cricket Club, Warwick-Greenwood Junior Cricket Club, Wanneroo-Joondalup Lacrosse Club, Warwick-Greenwood Junior Football Club, Greenwood Little Athletics Club and Joondalup Outlaws Softball Club.
The $3.7 million facility includes a community sporting facility, softball infrastructure, two tennis courts and tennis hit-up wall, softball and cricket nets, netball and three-on-three basketball pad as well as a playground, barbecue and picnic shelter. The central access road was also removed to improve safety, and a new car park was constructed.
The facility also houses a new conceptual public artwork, Little Ben, which chimes the Westminster Chimes quarterly, and also marks the hour between 9am and 5pm daily.
Mayor Jacob said local residents and sporting and community groups have been eagerly awaiting the completion of the facility, and the opening was the culmination of many years of hard work from the City, Elected Members and members of the community.
“This state-of-the-art facility is a significant win for the Greenwood community and for residents living in the southern part of our City,” he said.
“Penistone Park is a home for over 1,300 registered users, including residents who are members of the local playgroup, junior and senior cricket clubs as well as junior football, lacrosse, little athletics and softball clubs.
“The new facility will ensure Penistone Park continues to service the needs of these groups, as well as the wider community who also use this popular district park.
“This redevelopment has also addressed the current challenges of the site and the facility in relation to storage, drainage, car parking, toilets and sporting infrastructure.
“Our thanks go to McCorkell Constructions WA for their contribution to this wonderful facility, as well as the local sporting clubs and community groups that will utilise Penistone Park, all of whom worked closely with the City throughout the project’s history.”
Mayor Jacob also thanked the State Government, who provided partial funding for the project through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund.
“It is a great example of local government working alongside State Government to achieve a great result for local residents and visitors to our great City,” he said.