Mitchell Park Grandstand Opens

Filed under News, Sport & Recreation ~ by Press on  16 Jun 2019

Merewether’s Mitchell Park Oval has a new grandstand pavilion.

Representatives of Merewether Carlton Rugby Club, South Newcastle Rugby League Club and Merewether District Cricket Club saw completion of the $2 million Clarke Grandstand ahead of its official opening.

Above ~ City staff Lynn Duffy and Tony Ayling, John Davis, Greens rugby player Eddie Clifton, Nuatali Nelmes, and Merewether District Cricket Club reps Nick Stanebridge, Daryl Daniels and Bec Lawrence

The glass-pavilion that opens to the sea breeze sits above a new gymnasium and refurbished change rooms in the existing Clarke Grandstand – a joint delivery project between City of Newcastle and Local sporting clubs and a community gardening project.

Below ~ Eddie Clifton and Nick Stanebridge overlooking Mitchell Park from inside the new Green Room

The Lord Mayor Nelmes said the new pavilion-style structure was the result of a partnership that will inspire other sporting clubs and community groups.

The City worked together with the Clubs to help them achieve their vision for the stand, through a combination of design, planning and approval factors that led to the speedy delivery of this wonderful community asset," the Lord Mayor said.

This a fantastic asset for both Souths Rugby league, Merewether Carlton, cricket and cycling groups who use Mitchell Park or Townson Oval.

This project also provides a good example for other sporting clubs to explore similar ideas for future projects, collaborating to share both facilities that realises their vision that also meet a wider community interest.”

Timber, signage and other paraphernalia from the old recently demolished Green Room, on the eastern side of the ground, were incorporated in the new “spiritual home,” high in the Clarke Grandstand. Lift access is also part of the upgrade.

Timber supports, honors boards, and the Merewether Municipal Pavilion sign on the front of 1927 weatherboard structure, were all salvaged from the demolition.

Merewether Carlton Rugby Club Green Room Project Manager John Davis said the new Green Room and stand will be a wonderful asset to the club and wider community.

This project not only delivers a new home for our Club but also rejuvenates a 50-year-old Council asset to provide first rate for facilities for other users and the wider community," Mr Davis said.

In some respects, it is a return home for us as the Clarke Stand is named after two of the founding fathers of our Club, Ted and Roy Clarke.”

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