More Park’s new $8.4 million redevelopment is taking shape with the steel frame for the new sports pavilion now in place
The redevelopment of More Park in Esmond Street, Ardeer, is taking place in two stages and will include:
- a new fully accessible sports pavilion with a community social room, kitchen facilities, four new female friendly change room facilities, along with umpire facilities, first aid, store rooms and an accessible public toilet
- upgrading and expanding the car park (including lighting)
- a new multi-purpose batting cage catering for softball and soccer, with lighting
- reconstruction of sportsgrounds, including realigning the softball diamonds to allow for two new rectangular pitches, sportsground lighting and a path network.
Both stages are expected to be completed by December 2021.
During the summer season, More Park is used by the Sunshine Softball Association – which will benefit from improved facilities and be able to attract more players, particularly women and girls.
The redevelopment will also allow a future winter sport tenant to be based at the site, creating more opportunities for the local community to play sport and helping to address Brimbank’s significant demand for new sports facilities.
Once the project is completed, Brimbank City Council will invite community clubs to submit expressions of interest to identify a winter sports tenant for the new pavilion and sportsgrounds.
The More Park redevelopment is supported by the Victorian Government. In August last year Brimbank welcomed $4 million in Victorian Government funding for the project through Sport and Recreation Victoria.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Ranka Rasic said:
“This exciting redevelopment will make it possible for more people – and in particular, more women and girls – to get involved in local sports,” Cr Rasic said.
“We are incredibly thankful to the Victorian Government, and the Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, for supporting the redevelopment of More Park, Ardeer.
“Together, not only are we building better facilities for our community, we are also stimulating the local economy through the creation of more than 100 direct and indirect jobs.
“This project builds on Council’s advocacy achievements including securing more than $7 million in State Government funding for local sport, including $2 million for Brimbank’s new health and wellbeing hub.
“We look forward to continuing to work with our partner in State Government to support better health and wellbeing outcomes for our Brimbank community.”