Sunday, June 23, 2024

Sports upgrades a win for The Kingsway 

Penrith City Council has installed new turf and a new irrigation system across 17 sports fields at The Kingsway Playing Fields in Werrington.

The Council says the completion of a two-year turf sprigging program has seen turf and soil converted to Couch grass across nine fields, increasing the safety and playing performance of the turf for sporting groups.   

Penrith Mayor, Todd Carney said the completion of works marks a significant investment in the long-term needs of the sporting community. 

“The Kingsway Playing Fields has up to 8,000 athletes participating in a range of sports across the 23 fields each week. Improving the quality of the playing surfaces benefits local teams as well as visiting state sports groups,” Mayor Carney said. 

“I’m excited to see these latest upgrades complete for our community to enjoy. It’s been fantastic to have all levels of Government work together to improve The Kingsway.” 

Since 2020, Council has delivered a series of multi-million dollar upgrades across The Kingsway Playing Fields, in a bid to transform it into a premier sports precinct. From the addition of six sporting fields, amenities building, a cricket pitch, LED floodlighting and upgrades to the car park, as well as construction underway on a new amenity building due for completion this year. As part of the amenity building project, a series of drainage works are being carried out to mitigate future flooding risks to the area.   

This project was proudly co-funded by the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program ($400,000), the NSW Government ($300,000) and Penrith City Council ($100,000). 

NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Londonderry, Prue Car said residents and clubs know all too well of the flooding challenges The Kingsway Playing Fields has faced in the past.

“This upgrade which will feature flood mitigation is welcome news for the local community,” she said.

“I’m thrilled all levels of Government are able to work together to foster a thriving, active community and enhance the sporting experience for everyone.”  

This project was identified through Council’s Sport and Recreation Strategy, which is a 15-year road map for the future provision of sport, play, recreation and open space across the City.   

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