Friday, February 23, 2024

Penrith sports precinct gets on track

Plans to overhaul a sports oval and deliver the City’s first athletics precinct, featuring a top-quality synthetic surface, are well on track, Penrith City Council said today.

Works are expected to start in September on the Harold Corr Athletics Track Upgrade, a $5 million project which will see the existing field in Herbert St, Cambridge Park, become an improved training facility for the region’s sporting clubs and offer a prime location for athletics events.

To be jointly funded by Penrith City Council and the NSW and Federal Governments, the project will be rolled out in stages. Initial works will deliver a synthetic athletics track and field facility, floodlighting and a formalised carpark.

Penrith Mayor, Karen McKeown OAM said the delivery of the synthetic track – the first of its kind in the Penrith Local Government Area – sets a new benchmark for the City’s infrastructure.

“This fantastic and exciting project is yet another example of all levels of government working together for the benefit of the community,” Mayor McKeown said.

“At a local level, Council recognises the need for improved facilities while striving to increase participation across all sporting codes in the City – from grassroots to elite opportunities.

“The Harold Corr Athletics Track Upgrade will enhance training for various sports clubs and boost the amenity for spectators, but it will also provide secondary benefits such as helping to tackle childhood obesity and encouraging residents to get out of their homes and take a walk.

“I am eager to see this well-utilised sports field transformed to become the first of its kind in our great City.”

Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the NSW Government was proud to support projects which allow more Western Sydney residents to be healthy and active.

“As we have recently witnessed in the Olympics, sport and active recreation offer many benefits, including teaching teamwork and leadership, encouraging friendship and building resilience and self-confidence,” Mrs Ward said.

“The NSW Government is proud to deliver funding for major upgrades to Penrith sporting facilities which will help people of all ages and abilities in Western Sydney to be healthy and active.”

The NSW Government has committed $2 million to the project, for the delivery of the synthetic athletics track.

The Australian Government’s contribution of $303,341 through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program will go towards funding the new car park. 

Council’s contributions towards the precinct will be in excess of $2.8 million.

The sports oval will be closed to the public during works, which are slated for completion in September 2022.

The Harold Corr Athletics Track Upgrade forms part of Council’s Sport and Recreation Strategy, which details the City’s ongoing needs in line with the vision for improved community spaces.

To find out more and see the detailed design, visit penrith.city/sports-upgrades

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