MORE than 1500 people flocked to the Ellenbrook District Open Space on Saturday, as the latest part was unveiled.
The Southern Playing Fields and Pavilion – four synthetic rectangular fields, change rooms, storage and a kiosk – were officially opened by Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright.
“It was great to see so many families and children enjoying the new facilities,” he said.
“It was a fantastic event and the turn-out really highlighted the importance of having these kinds of amenities in our communities.
“I believe the playing fields and pavilion will play a big part in the lives of many generations to come.”
Face painting, rides, AFL clinics, an ultimate frisbee display, food stalls and more were all on offer in the afternoon and evening
Ellenbrook United took on the Hamersley Rovers, marking the first official game on the synthetic turf, with some young soccer stars taking to the pitch at half-time.
A fireworks display in the evening capped off the opening, much to the delight of children.
Local MLA Frank Alban attended the opening, as well as Planning Minister Donna Faragher.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said $2 million was provided towards the project through the Liberal National Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund.
“The opening sees the completion of a major piece in the larger Ellenbrook District Open Space project,” she said.
“This space offers another opportunity for sport and recreation lovers in Ellenbrook and surrounding areas to get out and be active close to home.”
The grounds will be home to the Ellenbrook United Football Club and would be used by local rugby and lacrosse teams.
“There is also an adjacent play space and picnic area and I am sure the precinct will be one that brings the local Ellenbrook community together for years to come,” she said.
The playing fields are the second synthetic rectangular facility installed in the State. Synthetic pitches allow about three times more usage per week than natural grass fields and do not require irrigation.