A new $3 million sports and recreation precinct in the booming Ripley Valley will be home to Queensland’s next generation of sporting heroes when it hosts its first sporting events later this year.
Representatives of Amex Corporation, developers of the Providence masterplanned community, came to the project to officially start construction on the facility.
Providence is the largest masterplanned community in the Ripley Valley growth corridor where there is a massive $4.4 billion worth of residential projects currently underway which will ultimately provide around 50,000 dwellings to house 120,000 people.
This growth in population is expected to result in the creation of several new clubs in the area from a range of sports, including rugby league, Australian rules, hockey and touch football.
Spread over 4.55ha, the initial stage of the first major sports precinct for Ripley Valley will include two rectangular fields and an integrated oval suitable for a variety of sports.
Fully equipped with public toilets and storage for use by sporting clubs, a 100-space car park, playground and barbeque, the community asset will become the home of sport in the booming Ripley Valley. Future stages will include more fields and club house for resident clubs.
Council said the new facility would give local kids the opportunity to enjoy all the physical, mental and social benefits of physical activity as part of a sporting club.
“Ipswich’s greatest sporting son Allan Langer started his career on a field just like this,” they said. “Over time we hope to see the establishment and growth of numerous sporting clubs based right here that will give our young people the best opportunity to excel and start their journey to greatness.”
Providence Project Director Michael Khan said the new facility was the next step in the development of a community where health and lifestyle were the central focus.
“Living a healthy and productive life with time spent in the great outdoors with family and friends is at the heart and soul of everything we do at Providence,” he said.
“To give our current and future residents access to a sporting precinct where they can enjoy any number of sports year-round has been a long-term goal and we are happy to be partnering with Ipswich City Council to deliver his important initiative.
“These facilities not only become a focal point for the young people and their families on the weekend but provide a space that promotes health and well-being during the week for all members of the community.”
The sporting precinct is the first of three new community assets that will be delivered at Providence over the next 12-18 months as part of Providence Parklands project.
Providence Parklands will eventually include 200 hectares - double the size of Brisbane Botanic Gardens, City Botanic Gardens and South Bank Parklands combined - of formal parklands, nature reserves and green sporting and recreational space.
The first of Providence’s ‘Three Peaks’ parks is expected to open in December this year. Located on an elevated hilltop in the new Horizon neighbourhood, the space will enjoy stunning views over Providence and the Ripley Valley.
“Topped by a stunning, architect- designed viewing platform the new park will be the ideal place to enjoy a drink as the sun sets over another glorious day in the valley,” Mr Khan said.
Positioned on half a hectare, the common area will be one of three hilltop lookouts scattered around Providence linked by designated walk and cycle paths, connecting all of Providence’s neighbourhoods.
Amex is also in the process of preparing designs for a new East District Park.
Created a place where adventure rules, the new district park will include one of Queensland’s first playgrounds created on the principle of Nature Play. This concept is based on the understanding that unstructured play outdoors is fundamental to a full and healthy childhood.