Construction of the $9.3 million Frankland Park Sports and Community Facility will begin in early 2021.
Cockburn Council awarded an $8.5 million construction tender for the Hammond Park facility to Shelford Constructions at its final meeting for 2020, on Thursday 10 December.
The multipurpose facility will be built on Frankland Avenue and will include amenities to cater for the Hammond Park Junior Football Club and Melville Braves Baseball Club, which will use it as their HQ.
City of Cockburn Recreation and Community Safety Manager Travis Moore said the project would also include upgrades to Frankland Avenue, which would be finished before May 2021 to allow for the completion of the sporting facilities by November 2021.
The sporting and community facility will comprise club and function spaces, food and beverage areas, toilets, change rooms, and ablutions (toilets/showers).
External sporting facilities will include two fenced, bore-reticulated grass ovals with lighting for AFL use, a baseball batting cage, exercise equipment and a spectator viewing area.
A carpark for 151 cars will have shade trees and lighting. CCTV will also be installed at the facility.
A section of Frankland Avenue will be widened and street lighting and two medians added to help with vehicle access to the facility carpark, and a bus loading bay.
Mr Moore said the City identified a lack of public open space in the Hammond Park area while developing the draft Community Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan.
“Currently in Hammond Park there is only one AFL-size reserve to cater for the growing needs of the community, with population in the area expected to double over the course of the next 20 years,” Mr Moore said.
“The development of Frankland Park is critical to ensuring the growing community’s sport and recreation needs can be met.”