Coplick Family Sports Park expansion underway

5 August 2015

An improved sports facility for the southern Gold Coast is coming soon, with works to expand the Coplick Family Sports Park in Tallebudgera now well underway.

The $7.8million project, due for completion in April 2016, includes three new sports fields, a new entry off Tallebudgera Creek Rd, lighting improvements, irrigation and car parks.

Mayor Tom Tate said the park expansion was one of the deliverables of the Gold Coast Sport Plan 2013 - 2023.

“This plan aims to grow the city’s sporting economy and nurture sports at a grassroots level,” he said.

“One of its six goals is to create a sustainable sporting community with quality fit-for-purpose facilities, like Coplick Family Sports Park. These improvements are about giving more people the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing and maximise their involvement in a range of sports.”

The three new fields will cater to additional sports, soccer and baseball clubs continuing to use the park. Other improvements include connecting pathways, stormwater drainage systems upgrades, power supply, an irrigation water reservoir and drainage improvements around the existing clubhouse, including retaining walls and concrete paths.

Cr Tate said the 21 hectare park would be a major sporting asset for the city’s southern suburbs.

Minister for Sport and Racing Bill Byrne said the Queensland Government had committed $1.5 million in funding towards the project, subject to approvals, through the Get Playing Plus initiative.

“This is an exciting project for the region and we look forward to working with the City of Gold Coast to make this project a reality to deliver greater participation in sport and recreation at the grassroots level,” he said.

Get Playing Plus, a component of Get in the Game, provides funding contributions for new or existing infrastructure development projects from $300,000 to a maximum of $1.5 million.

Damien Bresic, General Manager of Football Gold Coast, said the improvements would make a huge difference to the usage of the grounds.

“It means we’ll still be able to play after a little bit of rain, but more importantly, the upgrade will create a sense of home for all the sporting clubs that utilise the grounds,” he said.

“To be able to have a regular playing field where they can meet and train will give all the kids a greater sense of belonging.”

The expansion was made possible by the City of Gold Coast’s purchase of the adjacent Burleigh Palms golf course in 2012.

Please note there will be no public access to the baseball and soccer fields and public toilets until the improvements are completed. View plans for the park at www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/coplick

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