One of the City’s goals is to contribute to a healthy and active community. Providing reserves and infrastructure for sport and general recreation is one of the ways to achieve this goal.
Sporting Reserve Floodlights
Sporting reserves across the City are nearing capacity, therefore necessities such as flood lights and change room facilities are planned to improve the sustainability of reserves and cater for future requirements.
The City of Melville is facing overuse of a number of its sporting reserves due to:
- An overall increase in sports participation;
- The growth of individual clubs;
- A lack of infrastructure to support sports participation; and
- A drying Perth climate which affects wear and tear of reserves.
The City intends to floodlight all active (sporting) reserves and this will be required to support the growth in sports participation and increased demand for reserve space. Participation levels for winter sport have increased from 3, 691 in 2004 to 6,819 in 2016 representing an increase of approximately 85%.
During June 2017, floodlights will be installed at Peter Ellis Park and John Connell Reserve.
Installation of floodlights will:
- Allow flexibility in allocating reserve space for training;
- Take pressure off other reserves - spreading the wear and tear more evenly;
- Support the increase in participation levels particularly during the winter season.
- Increase passive recreation opportunities (such as dog walking and jogging) for residents in the evening; and
- Enhance community safety.
While there will be some increased evening activity at the reserve due to the floodlight installation, the overall number of users on any given occasion will not increase (compared to current maximum usage) due to the constraints of the number of fields, parking and change rooms.
The City of Melville has been successful in receiving funding from the Department of Sport and Recreation and Council has endorsed these projects which form part of the approved 16/17 budget.
Peter Ellis Park
The City intends to install two floodlight towers on Peter Ellis Park (Leeming) in mid 2017; with cabling laid for an additional two floodlight towers in to be installed in future.
The Peter Ellis map shows the position of the new light towers. Frequently Asked Questions for Peter Ellis Park are also attached that address some of the common queries/concerns that have been raised by residents in previous floodlighting projects.
John Connell Reserve
The City intends to replace four floodlight towers on John Connell Reserve (Leeming) in mid 2017; the old infrastructure was removed earlier this year.
The John Connell map shows the position of the new light towers. Frequently Asked Questions for John Connell Reserve are also attached that address some of the common queries/concerns that have been raised by residents in previous floodlighting projects.