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The $2.5 million state-of-the-art upgrade to Rydalmere Park is almost complete with the final stages of the playing surface getting its final touches as well as the fencing installed before the official handover takes place next week.
Jointly funded by the NSW’s Government’s Great Sydney Sports Facility Fund and the City of Parramatta Council as well as guidance from Football NSW, Rydalmere Lions’ spokesmen Elias El Khoury was eagerly anticipating the finishing touches in what will be one of the finest football facilities within the Sydney Metropolitan area.
“We at the club have been looking forward to this day for a while now.
“We are delighted to see that there has been upgrades via the installation of a state-of-the-art synthetic warm-up and playing surface as well as the fencing and lightning.
“We expect the field to be ready by the end of this week (6th of June).”
The temporary halt to football due to the COVID-19 pandemic allowed the club to continue on with its facility upgrade ensuring the ground was up to scratch prior to the football season recommencing with the Youth competitions kicking off as of the 1st of July. “Correct, the temporary suspension allowed the club to assist with the delivery of the new facility without requiring the club to play any further home games away from Rydalmere Park,” said El Khoury.
It will be a major boost for the club that continues to grow year after year in both its grassroots and NPL competitions with its ever increasing teams and players.
“Right now we have 331 association players including 270 males and 61 females and 194 NPL players all of which play in our 44 teams spanning from our MiniRoos right up to our All-Age and NPL Seniors who will benefit from this upgrade – this upgrade won’t just benefit us but the sport of football that will be gaining yet another quality facility.”
Its not just the winter football season participants that will benefit from this but their 5-aside tournaments during spring and summer will also utilise the new artificial surfaces set to be laid out very soon.
Major works are underway on Rydalmere Park’s multi-million dollar makeover, including a state-of-the-art synthetic grass field.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer joined members of the Rydalmere Football Club to celebrate the start of a series of upgrades to the 6.4-hectare park and associated facilities.
“The projects outlined in the Rydalmere Park Masterplan, which was developed following extensive community consultation, will turn this significant asset into a space that meets the community’s changing recreational needs,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Community spaces and sporting facilities such as those at Rydalmere Park provide a valuable opportunity for people to connect with their neighbours, stay active and enjoy nature right on their very own doorstep.“
Among the improvements to the park is a $2.5 million upgrade to the northern playing field, jointly funded by the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund and City of Parramatta Council. This field will receive a new synthetic grass playing surface, fencing and lighting to meet Football NSW National Premier League requirements. At a later stage, the two southern turf playing fields will also be upgraded.
Other works to the park will include the development of the former bowling club site for multipurpose use; increased vegetation, shade, shelter and seating; upgrades to recreational spaces such as the playground, multipurpose court and circuit path; and maintenance of existing amenities buildings.
Parramatta MP Geoff Lee said: “The $5 million commitment to upgrade Rydalmere Park is a great example of the NSW Government investing in local sporting facilities.”
Rydalmere Football Club president Peter Bacha thanked City of Parramatta Council and the State Government for making the long-awaited upgrade a reality.
“The upgrade to these facilities will allow us to compete locally at the highest levels of the National Premier League competition and provide even more footballing opportunities for local kids,” he said.
As Parramatta’s population grows, synthetic pitches will become an increasingly important part of the mix in providing the local community with sporting and recreational opportunities.
Synthetic fields provide a consistent, durable and safe playing surface that can be used seven days a week all year round – providing more capacity to accommodate increasing demands. Synthetic turf also requires less water than natural grass and addresses the issue of poor grass growing conditions due to hot, dry weather.
Rydalmere Park’s new synthetic grass field is scheduled for completion in February 2020.
Parramatta Council last week approved a licensing agreement for the Lions to move into the disused Rydalmere Bowling Club, which will have a facelift before reopening early next year.
Lions president Peter Bacha revealed the club was facing the loss of its football licence before council threw it a lifeline last week.
“It’s come just in time; it’s massive relief,” said Mr Bacha, who has been a player, coach and official at the club since 1979.
“The council has given us another lease of life. It’s game-changing for us.”
The councillor driving the merger, Liberal Steven Issa, said the football club could now look forward to a bright future.
“It’s massive for the club. They are now an NPL1 (National Premier League) club, and this league is just below the national A-League competition,” Cr Issa said. “They also have grassroots football teams, so this isn’t just about council supporting a representative-level team.
“The broader community will also benefit from this deal. Council can now open up the bowling club (after a year sitting idle) as a community facility with the bistro and lawn bowls coming back.”
Mr Bacha thanked Cr Issa and Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson for leading the way in finding the club a new home after a “bumpy ride” in recent years.
“We always wanted to merge with bowling club,” Mr Bacha said. “When they decided to go with the Australian Turf Club (at Rosehill nearly two years ago), we then we had a fight with the council’s administrator and had to start the whole process over again.
“And now, this decision by the council has secured the club’s future. We can now properly look after the players, coaches and supporters of the club, as well as the broad community.
“It’s a great day for Rydalmere FC.”