LOCAL sporting clubs and members of the community celebrated the official opening of the redeveloped Penistone Park in Greenwood on Saturday.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob joined Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski, who was representing Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, to unveil a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
Also attending were representatives from the Wattle Bird Playgroup, Warwick-Greenwood cricket and football clubs, Wanneroo-Joondalup Lacrosse, Greenwood Little Athletics and Joondalup Outlaws Softball clubs.
The $3.7 million redevelopment included a community sporting facility, softball infrastructure, two tennis courts and tennis hit-up wall, softball and cricket nets, netball and three-on-three basketball pad as well as a playground, barbecue and picnic shelter.
The central access road was also removed to improve safety and a new car park was built.
The facility also houses a new conceptual public artwork from artist Phil Gamblen, Little Ben, which chimes the Westminster Chimes quarterly and marks the hour between 9am and 5pm daily.
Mr Jacob said local residents and sporting and community groups had been “eagerly awaiting” the completion of the facility after many years of hard work.
“Penistone Park is a home for over 1300 registered users,” he said.
“The new facility will ensure Penistone Park continues to service the needs of these groups, as well as the wider community who also use this popular district park.
“This redevelopment has also addressed the current challenges of the site and the facility in relation to storage, drainage, car parking, toilets and sporting infrastructure.”
He thanked McCorkell Constructions WA for their contribution as well as the State Government which provided partial funding for the project.