The need for a regional sports facility, including an indoor facility and rectangular stadium, was identified as part of a Master Plan developed for the site in 2008.
Work on Stage 1 is underway and includes a regional high performance tennis facility, new and upgraded netball facilities and improved access and passive recreation.
Council recognises there are many other sports and recreational uses that would benefit from an indoor regional facility and a high-quality rectangular field. This work is proposed for Stage 2.
Stage 1 - Current Works
Stage 1 of the project commenced with the upgrades to the existing netball facility in 2011, and included the upgrade of seven existing courts and the construction of three additional hard courts. Car parking along Cunningham Street was also formalised during this stage of works, including formal car spaces with shade trees and park benching.
In 2012, Council received a $4,991,800 grant from the Regional Development Australia Fund to go towards finalising Stage 1 of the redevelopment.
As a result, Council has been able to progress with the design and planning approvals for the remainder of Stage 1, and is now in the process of construction.
The remainder of Stage 1 of the project is broken down into the following main components:
- Netball clubhouse and amenities construction: This involves construction of a purpose built netball club pavilion and adjacent amenities pavilion. The building features a large covered area and landscaped forecourt providing seating and shade for spectators, players and officials. In addition to the building upgrades, upgrades to netball courts and lighting area also proposed.
- Tennis clubhouse and new courts construction: This involves construction of a new Tennis clubhouse and 8 new hard courts, including a full size show court. The facility will include landscaped public areas including BBQ area and some play equipment for children
- Park and Playground area: A playground will be constructed under the existing shaded area beneath a stand of mature trees. The playground will also include shade structures with picnic tables and benches.
- Internal Vehicular access and car parking: This involves the construction of a new vehicular connection to Kirkwood Road, with additional car parking and provision for a bus drop-off area. Internal street lighting and street scaping will form part of this project component.
- General upgrades to Arkinstall park: include landscaping, signage and improvements to existing soccer facility.
- Power Supply Upgrade: To provide adequate power to tennis and soccer facilities.
Construction of Stage 1 of the redevelopment commenced in May 2013 and is expected to continue through until September 2014.
The building construction is now completed and was two months ahead of schedule.
The playground has been completed two months ahead of schedule.
Stage 2 - Future Works
Council has engaged a consultant to determine the feasibility of a regional indoor sports facility as part of Stage 2 of a redevelopment of Arkinstall Park at Tweed Heads South.
The consultants, @leisure Planners, will also prepare concept designs for the indoor sports facility, as well as a regional-standard rectangular playing field for Arkinstall Park.
The consultants will investigate:
- the financial viability of the proposed facilities
- how the facilities are likely to be used - how often and for what activities
- potential income and likely costs
- how the facilities could be funded and managed
The project team is inviting input from residents about:
- What indoor sports facilities are needed the most?
- Is there a need for a regional football stadium in Tweed?
- What will ensure the facilities are a success?
- How the facilities should be managed?
- How often will residents use the facilities, and how much they expect to pay?
To provide input and feedback you can: