Arkinstall upgrade a boon for Tweed netball and tennis
TWEED'S tennis and netball bodies are anticipating a surge in participation when the $4.9 million first stage of the Arkinstall Park upgrade is complete.
Tweed Shire Council recently announced work on the Tweed Heads South recreational area would ramp up in early January, closing a section of the park to the public.
The upgrade will bring much-needed facilities closer for Tweed Netball Association and Tweed District Tennis, with both organisations set to get a new clubhouse, playing space and other amenities.
Tweed Netball Association president Helen Rigney was relieved to see the seven-year wait for the upgrade coming to an end.
"We're really excited about this, it's something we've been looking forward to for a long time," she said.
"I'm coming into my third year as president, but former president Joanne Watters was instrumental in getting the project put into place.
"She will be very excited to see it all finally coming together."
Mrs Rigney said the new amenities, such as new change rooms and extra courts, would mark Tweed as a premier destination for future regional netball events.
"It will be a huge boost for us, especially when we get the extra courts," she said.
"The Netball Challenge Carnival earlier this year was such a great success and I believe more events like this will become available to us thanks to our improved playing facilities.
"The future of sport in the Tweed certainly looks bright."
Tweed District Tennis juniors president Pete Luc is expecting a boom in player numbers as the organisation's new facilities take shape.
"It'll promote a better standard of facility and allow regional or state championships to be held in the Tweed," he said.
"I think if people see the new fresh facilities it will definitely attract more players, especially some that are heading up to the Gold Coast to play.
"There are a lot of top quality junior players who are looking for better facilities to improve their game, instead of heading north."
Construction of Stage 1 of the upgrade started in May and is expected to continue through until July, 2014.
- Netball clubhouse.
- Netball club pavilion and adjacent amenities pavilion.
- Seating for netball spectators, players and officials.
- Upgrades to netball courts and lighting area.
- Tennis clubhouse.
- Eight new tennis courts.
- BBQ area and playground area.
- Vehicular connection to Kirkwood Rd, with more car parks.
- Landscaping, signage and improvements to soccer facility.