Oval upgrades now complete

ALMOST seven years in the making, the renovations and upgrades to the Wellesley Park oval and playground in South Hobart are finally complete.

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the Hobart City Council was “thrilled” with the new facilities.

“Prior to this redevelopment, the amenities at the site were in need of an overhaul,” she said.

“The changerooms were inadequate, there was limited disability access and providing an all-weather playing surface was proving very challenging with the ground often being closed from mid-winter to spring.

“Now we have a completely redeveloped facility – we have a wonderful function facility, new changerooms, playing surface, lighting and a fabulous new playground with completely refurbished public toilets.

“The project has resulted in first class facilities, but importantly, has also built partnerships.

“The Council worked with the South Hobart Football Club and the Tasmanian and Australian governments to complete the extensive refurbishment.”

Key improvement works included:

Resurfacing, drainage and irrigation improvements to the Wellesley Park oval playing surface.

New oval lighting.

Landscaping and car park works.

Changeroom improvements and a new function room.

Upgrade to public toilets.

Newly developed playground facility.

Alderman Hickey said Council was particularly proud of the new playground, which was designed and built by City of Hobart staff.

“The once tired playground in South Hobart has been transformed into a nature-based playground which melds the best of old and new,” she said.

“With the creative landscaping, natural play opportunities and new pieces of play equipment, local children now have an inspiring place to have fun close to home.”

Council acknowledged the contributions of the Australian Government and the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Sport and Recreation Tasmania who provided significant funding for the project.

It is anticipated that more than 10,000 participants will directly benefit from the facilities each year.

Caption: Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer with junior members of the South Hobart Soccer Club in front of the new pavilion.