Council upgrades tennis courts and cricket nets at Thorneside sportsfield

Redland City Council is renewing all four tennis courts and relocating two public cricket nets at William Taylor Memorial Sportsfield, Thorneside.

Mayor Karen Williams said Council’s investment in the renewal was part of a budgeted program of approximately $13.8 million to improve popular parks and sports fields.

“William Taylor Memorial Sportsfield is used by a number of local clubs involved in soccer, netball, tennis and cricket and these upgrades will ensure the facilities continue to meet their needs and those of the community,” she said.

“All four tennis courts will be renewed as they have reached their end of life, and the public cricket nets are being relocated in order to better manage concerns between the soccer players and people using the practice nets.”

Cr Paul Bishop and Mayor Karen Williams at William Taylor Memorial Sportsfield.

Cr Williams said Council was currently in the concept phase for the future development of William Taylor Sportsfield.

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said the tennis facilities had been managed for many decades by past and present members of Thorneside Community Tennis Association.

“These improvements will help to ensure the facilities remain accessible for all users, and managed for increased access and enjoyment by the Thorneside Community Tennis Association,” Cr Bishop said.

“The renewal works will include premier sport surfacing, new light fixtures to existing poles, new posts and nets, fencing and gates.

“The tennis court shelters will also receive new lighting, door and roof repairs, and will be fully repainted.

“In addition, Council will be relocating and renewing the two public cricket nets, with new surfacing and fencing to current standards, which will provide a great benefit to the area.

“I look forward to proposed future upgrades of the park, which will be informed by consultation with local clubs and park users.”

The tennis courts and public cricket nets will be closed for the duration of the upgrade, which is expected to be complete by 6 May 2021, weather permitting.

All other park facilities will remain open to the public.