In July and August last year, the City undertook community consultation on the proposed redevelopment and given the support received, the council requested the development of concept plans in September.
Three options were developed and in February, councillors endorsed option 3A, which included redevelopment of the existing facility, a new carpark, relocated playground and cricket nets, 3-on-3 basketball pad, removal of the internal service road and relocation of the tennis courts, subject to the outcome of further community consultation.
This option was estimated to cost $3.82 million.
In the second round of community consultation in March and April, the City received 163 responses, with more than 80 per cent supporting the elements of the project except the decommissioning of the tennis courts, supported by 50.3 per cent with a further 22.7 per cent unsure or not responding.
‘Given the relatively low utilisation rates of the existing tennis courts (used about 8 per cent per month), the location of other tennis courts nearby, the cost to construct new tennis courts (about $317,000) and the results of the community consultation, it is recommended that the tennis courts at Penistone Park be decommissioned’