Game day in Ellenbrook

Top: Year 1 students from Ellenbrook Primary School break through the opening banner. Above left: The Ellenbrook District Open Space. Above right: Premier Colin Barnett at the opening ceremony.
Top: Year 1 students from Ellenbrook Primary School break through the opening banner. Above left: The Ellenbrook District Open Space. Above right: Premier Colin Barnett at the opening ceremony.

Cricket teams started using the facility last October when the grass was ready but last Friday�s official opening marked the completion of the pavilion, fields, playground and paths as a whole.

Ellenbrook�s local sporting teams can now make full use of the Ellenbrook District Outdoor Space northern playing fields.

The northern playing fields have enough space for two full-size AFL ovals, five junior AFL ovals and three cricket fields.

The new pavilion has meeting rooms, change rooms, clubrooms, a bar and catering facilities.

Ellenbrook Eels Football Club and the junior Ellenbrook Dockers will soon start using the oval for training and match days.

Premier Colin Barnett said at the opening ceremony the complete projects would form one of the best and most comprehensive sport and recreation precincts in the State.

�The pavilion is quite magnificent. This is not some little sporting club pavilion, it services two |very strong clubs and the wider sports and recreation complex,� he said.

�As announced in the recent budget, we�ll also provide $7 million towards the Ellenbrook Recreation Centre, a commitment we made in 2013.�

About $2 million of that funding will go towards an aquatic facility for Ellenbrook.

Construction of the southern playing fields is set to start soon.

This will include four FIFA-rated synthetic soccer fields and the Ellenbrook Recreation Centre for indoor sports such as basketball, netball and badminton.

Ellenbrook ward Councillor Patty Williams said the sporting and recreational facility would attract people from surrounding areas to Ellenbrook.

�From its inception Ellenbrook has been designed to provide for the lifestyles of a growing community,� she said.

�The Ellenbrook District Open Space will draw even more people to the area through sporting competitions, events and recreational facility use and hopefully attract more people into sport and physical activity, which will contribute to the overall wellbeing of our community.�