Cumberland Council is evaluating tenders for the construction of the new multi-use community sports pavilion at Granville Park in Merrylands.
Mayor for Cumberland, Steve Christou and fellow Councillor Joseph Rahme inspected the site on Friday afternoon.
Commenting on the upgrade, Mayor Christou said: “Today it looks like a sports field overgrown with weeds but soon this area is going to be transformed into a multi-use community sports pavilion that residents and sporting groups can use all year round.
“This is a great example of the results that can be achieved when Councillors work together for the community putting aside their political affiliations. Councillor Rahme and I have a strong record of working together for the benefit of our local community.
“We want to build a facility where Cumberland residents can come together and be active and involved with their community. We also want to deliver a facility that attracts visitors from outside the LGA.”
The upgrade will include grandstand seating for 1500 people, change rooms, kiosk, referee and medical rooms, a gym, office and social function space. In addition, the field will be resurfaced with upgrades to lighting, fencing and irrigation.
Councillor Rahme said: “Granville Park use to be the main sporting venue for the Parramatta district; a venue for rugby league, rugby union, cricket and athletics.
“Following this vital upgrade, it’s going to be an amazing venue for players and spectators and we will be able welcome the Two Blues Rugby Union Club back to their home ground once again.”
Demolition works started at the site in January. Cumberland Council has also received a $2.74 million grant from the NSW Government Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund.
The target completion date for the new facility is December 2020.