Ray Owen Car Park Improvement Works to ease Congestion
As part of the 2021/2022 financial budget, the City of Kalamunda has begun works to the car park at Ray Owen Reserve, located at Grove and Gladys Roads, Lesmurdie. The car park construction commenced this month with expected completion early March 2022.
The City has a vision to upgrade and provide new facilities at the existing regional recreation space offering significantly increased sporting and recreation opportunities. Ray Owen Reserve consists of an indoor court basketball/netball stadium, 10 outdoor netball courts, a BMX track and club facilities, a community hall, AFL/cricket oval and pavilion. It also contains an area of native vegetation.
Mayor Margaret Thomas said, “The site is extensively used by a number of well-established clubs including AFL, cricket, BMX, basketball and netball. The collective membership of these organisations is above 4,000 with a large portion being junior members.”
“We are pleased to commence the car parking works, and look forward to bringing the vision for the site to life. We are currently working hard to secure additional funding for the Master Plan which will enable new indoor basketball and netball courts and improvements to the BMX facilities, which is on top of the already secured State Government funding to increase the amount of active reserve turf space for the community. These works will transform the site and provide modern facilities for our community”.
During the current carpark works visitors to BMX, netball and basketball should enter via the normal access at Gladys Road.
Access to cricket and AFL will continue to be available through the Grove Road entrance, although temporary access arrangements may be required on occasion.
Visitors are asked to please observe any signage and directions whilst works are underway.
A site compound will be present on the site, to house a demountable office and heavy plant equipment.
The reserve and associated facilities are currently at full capacity with clubs being limited in how they operate and are unable to expand. The basketball and netball associations are in high demand with teams having to train and play at other venues within the City.
The City of Kalamunda identified the need and benefits of upgrading this regional level reserve and endorsed the Ray Owen Reserve Master Plan in 2015, acknowledging there is a shortage of active open space in the hills region and the facilities at Ray Owen Reserve are facing growing demand
Ray Owen Reserve is a regional level reserve with a total area of 13.99 hectares. The site was originally developed in the early 1970s, with much of the infrastructure now requiring major upgrade. The reserve and its associated facilities have been at capacity for many years and the demand continues to grow rapidly.
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar People as the Custodians of this land. We also pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past, present and future who have and continue to reside in the area and have been an integral part of the history of this region.