THE $6.3 million Warwick Hockey Centre was officially opened on Sunday.
It features an international standard blue synthetic pitch, two grass pitches, clubroom facilities, floodlighting and a spectator viewing area.
It also houses a new public artwork titled Yarn Circle, which is a celebration of sport and the natural environment and was created by artist Paula Hart in consultation with tenant Whitford Hockey Club.
The City funded $4.5 million of the project and received $1.2 million from the State Government through its Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, while Whitford Hockey Club contributed $600,000.
The City will be responsible for the maintenance of the two grassed pitches, floodlighting and carpark while the hockey club will manage the synthetic pitch and clubrooms.
“It is fantastic to bring this project to fruition and turn what was once a dream into a reality for one of our biggest sporting clubs,” Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said.
“The need for additional synthetic hockey pitch facilities in the north metropolitan area has been well documented and Warwick Hockey Centre will not only service the vast numbers of people playing hockey in the northern corridor but will also attract users from outside the region.
“Warwick Hockey Centre, which sits alongside the recently redeveloped Warwick Stadium, has turned this section of our south ward into one of Perth’s most dynamic sporting precincts.”
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, local politicians, Joondalup councillors and chief executive Garry Hunt were among the dignitaries to attend the official opening where a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the occasion.