A $2 million upgrade to Hossack Park Pavilion in Parkwood is designed to create an equal playing field for male and female sports people of all abilities.
Hossack Park is home to three sporting clubs — Lynwood United Football Club, Breakaways Softball Club and South East Metropolitan Softball Association — but facilities for women have been sorely lacking.
Upgraded changerooms to cater for female players, with lockable individual showers and more toilet cubicles, headlines the list of improvements as part of the refurbishments.
The building will also be extended to allow for additional storage and a new umpire changeroom, first aid room and club meeting room, as well as provision of an all-weather shelter area for spectators.
Accessibility improvements include additional accessible shower facilities, an upgrade of the existing universal access toilets to meet compliance standards, and improving functionality and layout of the existing toilets.
City of Canning councillors awarded the construction tender to LKS Constructions (WA) at this month’s meeting.
Canning mayor Patrick Hall said the upgraded pavilion would provide a more functional and welcoming environment for all club members, spectators and visitors, and help cater to the growing membership base of the three resident clubs.
“This is just one of many renewal projects the city has in the works over the coming years to ensure our facilities continue to cater to the needs of our diverse community,” he said.
On top of the pavilion upgrades, sports lighting upgrades are also planned for Hossack Park in this financial year. Lighting will be converted to energy efficient LEDs, with lower lighting fixtures installed to provide passive lighting for dog walkers and exercisers.
Irrigation system improvements kick off in December. Construction on the pavilion itself is due to start in January 2023 and will continue until mid-year.