WITH soccer, cricket, schools and now touch football sharing the grounds of Sir Jack Brabham Park, councillor Jason Hamling believes the existing facilities are in need of an overhaul.
A sports centre planned for the park is tipped to include a function or meeting room, administration space, amenities and change room area, and potentially a canteen
Preliminary designs could be revealed by the end of the year.
Orange City Council has allocated $800,000 to the project - $50,000 in this year’s budget for the design and the rest to build the centre next year.
Cr Hamling estimates about 6000 people use the sportsgrounds.
“The building on the Huntley Road side is tired and way past its use-by date,” he said.
“It’s time to upgrade and make Jack Brabham cater for future needs.
“It’s probably the most used sportsground in Orange.”
Architects from nine firms visited the site in April to see for themselves the potential of the sporting ground.
Since then, the council has engaged one firm to come up with preliminary concepts and costings for the centre, expected by the end of October.
Cr Hamling said the architects met with user groups last week to find out what they would like to see at the sporting grounds.
He said development offices for various sporting codes could be based at the building.
Although the council has spent money on improvements to the grounds, including training lights and turf cricket wickets, Cr Hamling said the building was a priority.
With so many sporting codes based on-site, the location of the centre is still yet to be decided, as is the future of the existing Huntley Road building.
Cr Hamling favours the Huntley Road side of the grounds, but would also like to see the amenities block on the Forest Road side upgraded.
“Putting the building in the middle would not be a good idea,” he said.
“But you’re not going to please everyone.”
Council spokesman Allan Reeder said a report with more detailed concept designs is expected at a council meeting in December.