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Published 08 January 2019

Update - Earthworks under way and news of successful $500,000 grant application 

Earthworks will begin later this week on the first stage of the $6.51 million redevelopment of soccer facilities at Wynn Vale's Richardson Reserve.

The first stage of the Tea Tree Gully Council project will see the installation of two synthetic soccer pitches, and the potential demolition of clubrooms. The reserve will not be accessible to the public until completion of stage 1 works in May 2019.

The Council also welcomed news this week of a successful $500,000 grant application to offset redevelopment costs for the reserve. 

The funding is via the federal government’s SportAus Community Sport Infrastructure program that encourages community participation in sport and physical activity. See below for full details about the project. 

13 November 2018  - Richardson Reserve redevelopment begins

A $6.51 million multi-stage redevelopment of Richardson Reserve will be delivered by the City of Tea Tree Gully in partnership with the Football Federation of SA.

The much-needed upgrade of the soccer facilities occupied by Modbury Vista Soccer Club will take three years to complete, with stage one already underway.

The upgrade was approved at the 14 August 2018 Council meeting following consideration of the community engagement outcomes, increasing community demand for soccer and the future needs of the club.

Tea Tree Gully Council Mayor Kevin Knight said, Richardson Reserve was a key facility in the provision of soccer in the north eastern area and the redevelopment would allow the soccer club to cater for the increasingly high level of community demand.

“At present, all soccer pitches located within the City of Tea Tree Gully are either at or above capacity in terms of the number of players and teams that use them.

“Overuse of these facilities has resulted in a substantial increase in ongoing maintenance and repair requirements as well as growing concern over the potential safety of users due to pitch conditions”, Mayor Knight said.

The first stage of the project will see the installation of the synthetic playing field, which will be set up as two soccer pitches, and the potential demolition of the existing clubroom facility.

The second stage will include the construction of a three-level clubroom facility.

The development is anticipated to take three years to complete.

Richardson Reserve will be fenced off during the stage one construction works, which are likely to be finished in May 2019.

While the soccer pitches are being reconstructed, training and matches will be relocated to other grounds in the north eastern area.

Local users of Richardson Reserve are also encouraged to use the many parks and reserves which are less than a 10 minute walk from the reserve.

The cost to Council of this project has been partially subsidised thanks to a $227,000 grant through the State Government Local Infrastructure Partnership.

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