THE completion date of Ellenbrook’s world-class soccer pitches is getting closer.
The $16.6 million project will see Ellenbrook District Open Space boast four soccer pitches on the largest synthetic surface in the southern hemisphere.
Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the City was proud of the FIFA-quality playing fields, which have the same surface as the Australian Institute of Sport and the training grounds of Liverpool FC and Bayern Munich.
“Perth has very limited water resources, but with the population growth in Ellenbrook, more sporting facilities were needed,” he said.
“Ellenbrook’s population is expected to almost double in size to 70,000 in the next 20 years, so we have built something that will be able to cater for this growth.
“We also had limited space to work with, so opting for a synthetic surface meant we could provide fields that use less water and can be used three times more than traditional grass soccer pitches because they do not need the down time for regrowth.”
Ellenbrook Ward councillor Patty Williams said the fields, which took 12 months to construct, would be the home ground for one of WA’s biggest and fastest growing soccer clubs.
“Ellenbrook United Football Club is keen to start using the soccer pitches and the eight-changeroom pavilion,” she said.
“They started as a small club when Ellenbrook’s population was much smaller, but as more and more people have moved into the area, their player numbers have swelled.
“These new playing fields are part of the City’s commitment to providing quality sporting and recreational facilities for our residents.”
The district-level facility has been designed to be versatile – able to accommodate five-a-side futsal, small-sided AFL, touch rugby and ultimate frisbee on the playing fields when it is not booked for soccer.
Outside of the allocated times, the fields and wheelchair accessible pavilion – with two meeting rooms – will be available for hire.
Cr Wainwright said the new soccer pitches were part of a larger district facility being built by the City.
“The community have been using the northern playing fields and associated community building since 2014, teams will be able to start using the synthetic pitches in August and a sports centre with indoor courts and a gymnasium will also be built,” he said.
“For people who aren’t playing team sports, there’s also a dual-use path circling the site, a shaded playground and some nice spots to watch the action on the fields.”
The official opening on Saturday, September 17 will include a community event.
For information about the new facility, email email@example.com. gov.au.