A $5 million funding boost from the NSW Government is set to help fund Bayside Council’s plans to build a first-class sporting and recreational hub in Rockdale.
Bayside Mayor, Christina Curry said she was “over the moon” following the news of the $5 million Multi-Sports Community Grant for Barton Park, along with a further $1 million for the upgrade of the Scarborough Park Tennis Courts.
“A $6 million gift is a big win for our community,” Mayor Dr Curry said.
“Our vision for Barton Park is to make it a place for everyone, particularly for the growing populations around Arncliffe, Banksia and Wolli Creek. It will be inclusive for all ages and all levels of activity from morning walks to bird watching, or from cycling to playing organized sports and places for families to enjoy quality time together.
“This multi-sport grants must be used to develop the more active areas and these grants will make this possible for work to begin at both Barton Park and the Scarborough Park Court Upgrade,” she said.
The Barton Park Recreational Precinct project will deliver Zone 1 and 2 of the Barton Park Masterplan, providing premium sporting fields, open space for passive and active recreation, an accessible share path along Muddy Creek and a new children’s playground for the growing populations of Arncliffe, Banksia and Wolli Creek.
The Active Centre, known as Zone 1 or the former St George Sporting Fields and Stadium will be the beneficiary of the Government’s $5 million Multi Sport Community Grant.
The former stadium will be replaced, and the area transformed into the main activity hub.
It will include new natural turf sporting fields, a new state of the art 450 seat stadium, two multi-use courts suitable for basketball, futsal and hand ball, four tennis courts, new amenities, improved road access and parking.
Mayor Dr Curry said the new sporting and recreational hub would form the heart of the Barton Park transformation which includes Open Space area and the new share path along Muddy Creek.
She said Bayside Council will invest $30 million over the next two years transforming and improving the parkland.
The $1 million grant will be used to upgrade the six existing courts in Scarborough Park. The make-over due for completion in 2023 will see the courts resurfaced and new energy efficient lighting installed.
“In keeping with the grant, the new surfaces will ensure the courts can be used for more than just tennis and that the facilities are easily accessible for everyone,” Mayor Dr Curry said.