Netball court revamp welcomed
TWEED Netball Association members will welcome the official opening of its $550,000 Arkinstall Park court and car park revamp.
Association president Joanne Watters congratulated Council on the upgrade to courts and parking and said it would give a boost to the already popular sport.
"All the kids are excited, as this is a boost for the sport at a grassroots level," Ms Watters said.
"It's a great opportunity for us, as I believe this upgraded facility will be attractive to both Netball NSW and Netball Queensland and allow us to be in the running to host a state event from either side of the border."
Seven hard courts have been resurfaced and three existing lawn courts converted to hard courts, which increased the overall number of hard courts at the complex from 11 to 16.
The council has constructed kerbside parallel parking to increase capacity along the southern side of Cunningham Street, including 56 formalised car spaces, new street tree planting and a pedestrian footpath.
The overall Arkinstall Master Plan, which aims to develop a regional sporting facility, has been designed to cater for the community's regional sporting requirements until at least 2022.
Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner said the estimated cost of the entire regional sporting complex project over many years was projected to be $42 million.
"This is a substantial investment by Council in Tweed Heads and the sporting community," Councillor Skinner said.
Still to come on the site in the first stage of the development of Arkinstall park is community infrastructure such as barbecues, shelters, seats, pathways and a new playground, as well as an upgrade and expansion of tennis facilities.
Long-term plans for the site include major infrastructure such as an indoor sports stadium, a sports field with grandstand and amenities.