Sunday, June 23, 2024

Sports infrastructure upgrades a game-changer for Penrith 

Penrith City Council is celebrating the completion of a series of major upgrades to Parker Street Reserve sports precinct and Hickeys Lane sportsground in Penrith as well as Eileen Cammack Reserve in South Penrith.   

Mayor, Tricia Hitchen said the improvements continue Council’s commitment to providing exceptional sporting facilities to the community.  

“By enhancing the amenities, accessibility and functionality of these three sporting hubs, it means more people in our community can lead active and healthy lives. Local football, cricket and athletics clubs will benefit greatly from these improvements,” Mayor Hitchen said. 

“These upgrades are a real game-changer for our City and I look forward to seeing the community enjoy the full potential of these sporting facilities.” 

Parker Street Reserve sports precinct features a new amenities building alongside improvements to floodlighting, irrigation, fencing, and playing surfaces. The amenities building features a ‘Changing Place’ facility, designed for those with high support requirements. The project was funded by Council ($1.8 million) and the NSW Government through the Penrith Sporting Infrastructure Project ($3.5 million).  

Hickeys Lane sportsground upgrades include a new amenities building as well as enhancements to floodlighting, a car park, irrigation and fencing. This project was funded Council ($1.36 million) and the NSW Government through the Penrith Sporting Infrastructure Project ($1 million). 

Eileen Cammack Reserve has undergone significant improvements, with upgrades to the existing amenities building, including an accessible toilet and improved change room facilities. This project was funded by Council ($235,000) and the NSW Government through the Penrith Sporting Infrastructure Project ($500,000). 

Member for Penrith, Karen McKeown OAM, said the upgrades are a win for the Penrith community.  

“The enhanced facilities at Parker Street Reserve, Hickeys Lane sportsground, and Eileen Cammack Reserve are a testament to Penrith City Council and the NSW Government’s commitment to active lifestyles and community growth,” Cr McKeown said. 

“By providing modern, accessible, and inclusive spaces for people of all ages to engage in sports, we are laying the foundation for a healthier future.” 

The projects were identified through Council’s Sport and Recreation Strategy, a 15-year road map for the future provision of sport, play, recreation and open space across the City. 

(L-R) Troy Cooper, Brothers PJRLC; Andrew Moore, Penrith City Council; Blake South, Panthers Juniors; Member for Penrith Karen McKeown OAM; John Fowler, Brothers PJRLC and Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen.

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