PCYC says it's time to upgrade Orange's Taj Mahal of sporting facilities

PARK REVAMP: PCYC western zone regional general manager Mark Johnson is looking forward to a new indoor court at Sir Neville Howse Stadium. Orange councillors will consider the draft Anzac Park master plan for public exhibition tonight. Photo: STEVE GOSCH                                                                0602sgpcyc1

PARK REVAMP: PCYC western zone regional general manager Mark Johnson is looking forward to a new indoor court at Sir Neville Howse Stadium. Orange councillors will consider the draft Anzac Park master plan for public exhibition tonight. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0602sgpcyc1

SIR Neville Howse Stadium might be the Taj Mahal of PCYC sporting facilities, but the western zone PCYC believes it needs the “Taj Mahal Plus”.

An extension to the stadium, including a new indoor court for netball and basketball and spectator seating, is just one of the added features proposed in the draft Anzac Park master plan. Orange City councillors will decide tonight whether to put the plan on public exhibition.

Western zone regional general manager Mark Johnson said the extension was on the PCYC’s wish-list due to growing demand on its existing four courts.

“At the moment, netball on a Saturday runs from 8.30am and they’re still going at 5pm, while the basketball goes from 5.30pm to 10.30pm on Monday and Tuesday nights - we would be able to pump through them a lot quicker,” he said.

“We have 11 schools a week and if we can get extra kids in, that’s great for us.

“We thought we had the Taj Mahal because it’s such a great facility, but now we need the Taj Mahal Plus.”

Mr Johnson welcomed the additional seating because only one of the four courts featured spectator seating.

Among the other proposals included in the 10-year draft master plan were a sports hub in the centre of Anzac Park featuring equipment storage, toilets and change rooms, outdoor exercise stations for the general public, a new children’s playground, a concrete skate park facility, an outdoor rock climbing wall, a new off-leash dog area and cricket nets.

The master plan has also proposed extensions to the outdoor netball courts, additional seating, extensions to the car park to cater for overflow parking, and disabled access ramps to major pedestrian paths.

Consultants dsb Landscape Architects met with the PCYC, the Orange netball, basketball and cricket associations and schools in February to gather ideas.

The skate park and work on the BMX track will be the only projects funded from the list by the council during the 2014-15 financial year. 

How the other projects would be funded is yet to be discussed.

danielle.cetinski@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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