Funding boon to kick-start Briggs Park rejuvenation
The future is bright for local athletes in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale with the State Government pledging $1 million...
The future is bright for local athletes in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale with the State Government pledging $1 million towards a highly-anticipated redevelopment of Briggs Park in Byford.
Awarded through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF), the grant will kick-start Stage One of a $3.9 million transformation of Briggs Park into one of the region’s premier intra-district sporting facilities.
Aging drainage and lighting infrastructure has rendered parts of the precinct – in use since 1926 - unsuitable for year-round play and forced some teams to seek alternate venues.
Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said a rejuvenated Briggs Park would provide its current occupants – the Byford Bushrangers Teeball Club, Mundijong Centrals Junior Football Club and Serpentine Jarrahdale Cricket Club – with more room to grow.
“The current facility at Briggs Park is already at capacity and requires significant upgrades to meet the needs of the clubs based there,” Cr Rich said.
“Between them, these clubs have over 1000 members, and unfortunately some teams have had to play games at other venues due to the current limitations.
“We see this project as one of tremendous social importance and something that will provide local sporting teams with not only a new home, but also new opportunities.
“Like the Shire, local clubs are growing rapidly and they need facilities that allow growth to continue unrestricted. Ultimately, this means more people, particularly children, will have the opportunity to play sport, which is something we’re keen to encourage.”
Stage One is expected to commence in the second half of 2018 and includes the installation of sub-soil drainage to the lower oval, new turf and reticulation, and high-level flood lighting to both fields.
“Existing drainage and lighting infrastructure does not allow both ovals to be used to capacity and drainage on the lower oval is a particular issue in winter,” Cr Rich said.
“The upgrade works will allow both ovals to be used year round and mean that all teams will be able to access the playing fields.
“Briggs Park’s proximity to the Serpentine Jarrahdale Recreation Centre means the area is already a vital community precinct.
“The Shire has been vocal proponent of the Briggs Park redevelopment and we’re delighted the State Government has also recognised the long-term social and community benefit this project will deliver.”