The new $56 million Springfield Central sporting complex enjoyed a hugely successful community opening weekend.
Thousands of people took advantage of the come-and-try sports on offer, including cricket, tennis, netball, and the various codes of football as the rain cleared in time for the Sunday funday.
Australian rep and Brisbane Heat Big Bash cricketer Chris Lynn led the way as he bowled and batted with kids of all ages.
There were food stalls and barbecues as local sports clubs hosted community members getting their first look at the impressive complex – the biggest of its kind built in Ipswich.
The two southern sports fields and the 16 netball courts – excluding club house facilities – have now been handed over from developers Lendlease to Ipswich City Council for management.
Council’s General Manager of Infrastructure and Environment Charlie Dill said the two fields north of Parkland Drive and the eight tennis courts need some additional work undertaken by the developer before they can be handed over to council and will be closed to the public while this is done.
Mr Dill said the surface on the tennis courts will be replaced with a better quality application, while extra top dressing needs to be applied to the grass on the fields.
“Contractors are still finalising internal clubhouse works and lighting to the fields and netball courts,” he said.
“We expect these additional works to take two to three weeks.”
Mr Dill said overall council was happy with the complex and looked forward to the final works being completed ahead of the sporting public being able to make use of all fields and courts.
A Lendlease spokesperson confirmed the additional work: “The remainder of the sports complex will open within the next month. The tennis courts are being resurfaced and final consolidation work is happening on the (northern) ovals.”