WORK has begun to transform Huntingdale’s Sutherlands Park into a new synthetic hockey ground.
In what is expected to be the first of it’s kind in the south-east corridor, the $2.6 million facility will be used by the Southern River Hockey Club and should be ready for games by July.
Initial works are underway and include clearing and levelling the site, installing sub-soil drainage and infilling to raise flood-prone areas by as much as 800mm.
Work will also be carried out on fencing, floodlighting, irrigation, paving, public seating and player shelters in the next few months, with the existing pavilion expected to remain open throughout.
City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said the facility should be a big deal for the area.
“Having such a high-quality facility at Sutherlands Park will give local hockey players, as well as those from other clubs in the south-east region, an opportunity to train and compete on a superior surface,” he said.
“This facility will be an important step in the club’s growth and the development of hockey in our region, with national and international teams being able to play here.
“This has been a real joint effort with the City of Gosnells, state and federal governments and the Southern River Hockey Club coming together to develop and fund this project.”
Locals are encouraged to avoid using Reserve E along Gay Street while works are ongoing.