MELVILLE chief executive Shayne Silcox estimates the upgraded $9.4 million Tompkins Park multi-sport facility will be completed by October 2018.
Concept plans for the new facility, to be voted on by Melville Council on June 20, show it will be operated under an association model with members including the Palmyra Rugby Union Club, Melville Cricket Club, Perth Saints Soccer Club and a new amalgamated bowling club.
City officers suggest waiving an outstanding $315,000 loan to the Tompkins Park Community and Recreational Association, the managing body of the current facility, as well as a $200,000 loan to the Mt Pleasant Bowling Club as a “demonstration of the City’s commitment to provide the new Tompkins Park Sporting Association with every chance of success”.
Four new synthetic bowling greens will be constructed, two of which will be covered for year-round use, while the existing playing fields will be reconfigured to accommodate cricket, rugby and soccer.
A new carpark will also be built off Dunkley Avenue, while the eastern carpark next to the pavilion will be extended, bringing the total number of bays available on site to 309 – which does not include existing parking likely to be ceded to the proposed wave park.
The existing pavilion will also be extended to include additional change rooms, a kitchen, office and verandas – and new change rooms and a new bar area for the bowling club.
The Tompkins Park Community and Recreational Association currently sub-leases an adjacent gym to a private operator – an arrangement that is likely to continue at the upgraded facility, with the City of Melville proposing an expansion of the existing gym area to bolster the revenue stream.
Dr Silcox said the eventual management model discussions were still ongoing but an advanced point-of-sales system would be a key component of the new facility.
He said accurate recording of spends would assist with any dividend that was returned to the individual clubs.