CITY of Mandurah hopes Stage 2 of its new recreation centre will attract major events to Mandurah.
Two major swimming events are already lined up for next year, along with a veteran’s table tennis tournament requiring 40 tables with players from all over Australia later this year and the 17th Australasia Police and Emergency Services Games.
Stage 2, including the refurbished multi-use sports courts and squash courts are ready for use and the squash courts were recently handed over.
Both are now available for use.
Stage 3 is well ahead of schedule and likely to open mid-year.
Mandurah Coastal Times toured the new area this week.
The spacious new foyer will boast a wide reception area and has access to a new refurbished crèche with laundry, sleeping room and outdoor playground.
Customers can now reach the creche from inside the centre, instead of having to go outside.
The old cafe has been demolished and rebuilt and includes an alfresco area.
The size of the sports courts, allowing four basketball courts or 16 badminton courts as well as other ball sports, have been increased to meet national standards.
An adjacent corridor allows access to the rest of the facility without walking on the courts and includes a meeting room for use by member groups.
The 150-bay parking area across the road from the centre will stay, along with an adjacent overflow area and a further 120-bay parking area that will wrap around the centre.