THE $6.4million Meadow Springs Sports Facility was officially opened on Friday – 18 months after the venue was completed.
The Oakmont Avenue facility has already played host to a number of rugby, cricket and school events with the Mandurah Pirates Rugby Union Club and Mandurah Cricket Club calling the venue home.
Deputy Mayor Darren Lee said the grounds were a testament to the patience shown by the clubs.
“I would like to thank the clubs for their patience and persistence with this project,” he said.
Describing the venue as a “much-needed open recreational space”, the facility has three rugby fields, two cricket wickets and four practice nets, sports lighting, a function room, a kitchen and bar, changerooms, a community meeting room and grandstand seating.
“I am certain this facility will serve our community well in the future,” he said.
John Moore from the Mandurah Cricket Club said the ground was attracting new participants to the sport.
“This is offering a number of people the chance to play who normally would not,” he said.
With more than 300 members, Mr Moore said he looked forward to using the venue in the future.
The ground has been equipped with a state-of-the-art irrigation system which will water the 60,000sqm of playing grounds and embankments.
The facility has 4.5ha of active sporting reserves with 3ha retained for bushland reserves and recreation areas.
“This is a great facility for our local sporting groups, particularly the Pirates Rugby Club and Mandurah Cricket Club which now both have a permanent home at these grounds,” Cr Lee said.
The facility was part-funded by the City of Mandurah who contributed $2.44million to the project.
The Federal Government ($1.4million), Department of Sport and Recreation ($945,000), Mirvac ($980,000) and Lotterywest ($250,000) all assisted in the project while the Mandurah Pirates and Mandurah Cricket Clubs both made contributions.