Friday, March 1, 2024

Home run for Penrith softball upgrades

Upgrades at Surveyors Creek Softball Facility at Glenmore Park have been completed by Penrith City Council.

Penrith Mayor, Todd Carney says he’s excited to see the potential for growth that the upgrades have allowed, establishing the facility as one of the biggest in western Sydney.    

“The upgrades to the Surveyors Creek Softball Facility are a fantastic addition to our community. These improvements will create new opportunities for the growth and development of local softball athletes,” Mayor Carney said.    

“The floodlight upgrades will illuminate an additional two diamonds to Australian competition standards.

“This will double the capacity for training and competition in the evening, allowing local organisers the flexibility to extend their weeknight participation offerings for both social and competitive softball players,” he said.

Another significant aspect of the upgrade is the construction of an accessible pathway that connects all eight diamonds, the car park and amenities buildings. Spectators and players alike will benefit from the new pathway, which not only improves access to various areas of the facility, but creates a ‘loop walk’ experience, making it easier for the community to enjoy the facility’s surroundings.    

New spectator seating has been installed at Diamond 1. Back row (L-R): Penrith Mayor Todd Carney, Danny Robinson, Member for Badgerys Creek Tanya Davies MP and Penrith City Council General Manager Andrew Moore. Front row (L-R): Jeremy Garland, Jessica Smith and Jordan Micallef. 

Spectator seating has been installed around diamond one, allowing supporters to be close to the action. The infield playing surface of diamond one has been reconstructed using a specialist sand, improving both player experience and game quality. Upgrades to player dugouts on diamond one and two has improved the space for both home and away teams to participate, Council said in a statement.

The upgrades at Surveyors Creek Softball Facility were funded by Penrith City Council ($330,000), NSW Office of Sport’s Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund ($800,000), the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program ($30,000) and Penrith City Softball Association ($10,000).    

NSW Minister for Sport, Steve Kamper said the improvements will enable the community to take part in and enjoy sport and active recreation.    

“Local sport infrastructure plays a critical role in keeping communities active and connected and the improvements to accessibility and lighting mean the softball facility will better meet the needs of the community now and into the future.”   

“We are committed to delivering grassroots sporting infrastructure to communities that desperately need facilities,” he said.

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