Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Ken Halstead has given the new Stephens Park amenities facilities in Bowral his tick of approval following an onsite visit.
The project includes a new canteen and storeroom and refurbishment of the old amenities building which now includes change rooms, a referees room, accessible toilet and baby change room facilities.
Also included in the upgrade is an underground stormwater system designed to better drain stormwater from the buildings and away from the sports fields.
“These new buildings and improvements will be a great asset to the Shire’s soccer and cricket associations and a welcome convenience for sports fans and families,” the Mayor said.
“I’d like to pay particular thanks to both the Bowral Football Club and the Highlands Cricket Association for their involvement in this project and acknowledge the patience they have shown during construction.”
Construction on the new complex commenced in April 2017 after fire gutted the previous buildings and was open in time for the start of this year’s soccer season.
“Hundreds of players, family and fans will benefit from these new buildings and I congratulate the team involved with the construction including Council staff and contractors,” the Mayor said.
“I’m particularly pleased this project was completed using local talent and knowledge.”
Apart from Council’s involvement additional works were undertaken by contractors including King Design Architects in Robertson, structural design by GP Designs in Moss Vale, stormwater construction by Shore Contracting from Helensburgh and building construction by Mittagong-based Dobsonei Construction.
The $480,000 dual-building construction project was financed via Council’s Special Rate Variation and Infrastructure Recovery Strategy funds. Council has also recently submitted a grant application to the NSW State Government’s Community Building Partnership Program seeking funding to install a sports field drainage system at Stephens Park.
Stephens Park is located on Derby Street in Bowral.