CONSTRUCTION has started on new female-friendly changerooms at Dudley Cornell Park.
The project will bring the park’s current amenities and changerooms up to standard and has included modern public toilets as part of the new building.
A sheltered barbecue area will be located between the two ovals.
Horsham Rural City councillor Josh Koenig said the project aimed to revitalised the recreation area by increasing female participation.
“We recognise that many local sports facilities, built around 50 years ago when sport was a male-dominated area, simply aren’t accessible for women or people with disabilities,” he said.
“Female participation in sport is a key focus area of council’s Health and Wellbeing Plan and this sort of investment will open the doors for many new and emerging players to participate in sport, as they will simply feel more comfortable.”
The recreation area has hosted cricket, junior football, athletics and soccer.
Cr Koenig said the user groups have supported the works to increase female participation in sport.
“Sports clubs that are currently located at the park are all keen to provide more sports programs that are aimed at teenage girls,” he said.
“It’s also the main option as a recreation facility for people in Horsham North, so it’s critical that the infrastructure meets the community’s expectations."
Horsham Rural City Council has received $100,000 from the state government in December to bring the recreation area up to standard. The council has allocated $60,000, increasing the project’s cash pool up to $160,000.
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