It’s game on in Dayton as community celebrates opening of $30m sport and recreation hub

Community Projects
Published on: Thursday, May 09, 2024

A $30 million sport and recreation hub has opened in one of Perth’s fastest growing areas, with the inaugural games set to take place this weekend.

Dayton District Open Space (DDOS) features sports ovals, hockey fields, netball and tennis courts, pavilions and more.

Dayton is situated in the Swan Urban Growth Corridor, where the population is forecast to rise by almost 50 per cent by 2050.

The scale of the project meant the City of Swan had to complete it in two stages.

Stage one, which focused on the neighbourhood park and play equipment, was completed in August 2022.

Stage two involved construction of buildings, floodlit sports grounds, a half-court basketball court, landscaping and parking areas.

DDOS will become the home of the Ellenbrook Falcons and Eastern Blades hockey clubs, the Caversham Suns Junior Football Club and the Caversham Dayton Cricket Club.

Steve Rogers, Ellenbrook Falcons Hockey Club President, said it was fantastic for all 180 members of the club to have a facility to call home.

“For us, it will bring all of our players and families together in the one place, which we’ve never had before,” he said.

“It also gives us a community facility which can be used for more than just sport.”

Mr Rogers said it was particularly special to have access to a dry hockey turf and a wet hockey turf at the same ground.

“To have one of each gives our players the ability to play on both surfaces,” he said.

“It’s a pretty amazing facility, including the infrastructure around there – it’s got all of the stuff that we need.”

Tanya Richardson, City of Swan Mayor, said the world-class new facilities would be a cornerstone of the Dayton community.

“Dayton is part of the Swan Urban Growth Corridor – a key area for population growth,” she said.

“Building a high-specification open space like this one will support that growing community into the future.

“It provides a place for all ages, abilities and skill levels to enjoy sport and recreation.

“The Dayton community can be very proud of these incredible facilities.”

DDOS has opened to sporting clubs and the wider community ahead of its original June 2024 completion target.

The final touches will be made in the 2024/25 financial year with the installation of public art.

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