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BIG FREMANTLE PARK COMMUNITY CLUBHOUSE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, community, hospitality, local government, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on November 26, 2019

 

 

I was given a preview of the new Fremantle Park sport and community clubhouse this morning, which is under construction and will open in the first quarter of next year.

The $ 4.7 million development will house the Fremantle tennis, bowling and workers clubs, who will be sharing the space, and the building will also be made available to community groups.

The ground-level bowling and tennis club premises are quite modest in comparison to the upstairs space of the Fremantle Workers&Social club. The huge timber dance floor is rather ostentatious and designed with a lot of optimism. It can accommodate at least a hundred dancers. Time will tell if this is over the top and if the clubs will really be able to generate enough interest from the general public to make it all financially viable.

Roel Loopers

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PRESIDENTS HAPPY WITH FREMANTLE PARK NEW CLUBHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, recreation, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on September 12, 2019

 

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Representatives of the clubs that will soon be moving in to the new Fremantle Park sport and community centre at Ellen Street are very happy with how their new home is shaping up. It will be completed before the end of the year

The Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre will be home for the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club, Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club and Fremantle Bowling Club.

A fantastic feature of the new centre will be the wide alfresco areas and the first floor balcony offering sweeping views over Fremantle Park towards St Patrick’s Basilica and Fremantle Port.

Tennis Club President and Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre Chair Lawrence Apps said he couldn’t wait to be sitting on the balcony sipping a drink and taking in the view. “It’s going to be absolutely magnificent”

“The views are fantastic and the patrons, members of our clubs and visitors, are just going to love being up here”

The project, which also includes the installation of two new hardcourt tennis courts and a new synthetic bowling green, requires the demolition of the old bowling club and tennis club buildings.

Bowling Club President Keith Bowden said he had mixed emotions when the old bowling club was demolished last month.

“It’s a little bit sad but we need to move on,” Mr Bowden said.

Workers Club President and Fremantle Park Deputy Chair Don Whittington said it was a big decision for the club to move out of its old home, but it was clear they’d made the right choice.

“I’m just so excited about getting in here, particularly for our members who’ve had to put up with a lot over the past five years,” Mr Whittington said.

“All three clubs that are sharing this facility are over one hundred years old, and I’m quite certain that our clubs will last for at least another one hundred years.”

The approved budget for the project is $4.1 million, with $1.85 million coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

On top of this, Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club have contributed another $120,000 and the tennis and bowling clubs have added $30,000 each to include additional features that were outside the original scope of works.

The City of Fremantle will build a new public car park on the Parry Street side of the facility once the building works are complete.

 

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREMANTLE PARK SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, CLUBS, local government, parking, social club, sport, Uncategorized by freoview on April 4, 2019

 

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It has been eight years in the making but work has finally started on the new Fremantle Park Sports and Community Centre at Parry Street.

The existing bowling and tennis club buildings and the bowling courts will be demolished to make way for a new home shared with the Fremantle Workers Club.

The new building for the three clubs will have three function rooms, a bar, commercial kitchen, cafe, alfresco area and balcony.

New synthetic bowling courts will be put in and also two additional hardcourt tennis courts.

The functions rooms and sporting facilities will be available for casual hire by the public and the cafe and alfresco will be open daily to the public.

The $ 4.1 million building is built with $ 1.85 million from the City of Fremantle and the same amount from the Fremantle Workers Club, plus $ 400.000 through the WA Sport and Recreation Fund. The clubs have also invested $ 180.000 for additional items.

The City will also build a new carpark next to the tennis courts in Parry Street.

Roel Loopers

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WHY ANOTHER BORING BUILDING FOR FREMANTLE?

 

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The new clubhouse at Fremantle Park is an opportunity lost if the City of Fremantle approves the design of the building.

What is suggested is boring 1970s design that has no street appeal, and the proposed new building might well be in the wrong location for it to get maximum benefit out of it for all three clubs that will call it home.

I had envisaged a modern clubhouse surrounded by the playing fields, in the location of the present bowling club building, with a balcony all around, so that players and visitors could watch the tennis and lawn bowls from upstairs and enjoy views to the Fremantle Arts Centre and the port from there.

Why is the design so boring and does the building look cheap when the total budget for the project is $4.1 million?  $1.85 million is coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.

When the community regularly complains about the mediocre architecture of new buildings the City of Fremantle has to show that great architecture is achievable in our city. This proposal is very disappointing.

Roel Loopers

FREO BOWLING FOR CAMBODIA

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 5, 2012

Before you waste a lot of money betting on the wrong horses at tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup, save some money to support the BOWLING FOR CAMBODIA event at the North Fremantle Bowling Club  at 40 Stirling Highway on Sunday November 11 from 3 pm. There will be live music, food, market and lawn bowls.

All proceeds will go to the Som Bong Chamb Community School in Cambodia. Tickets are only $ 10.00 and $ 5.00 for concessions, etc.

Check out www.somgbongchambfoundation.org

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WEST END SUNSET FUN EVENT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on February 3, 2011

THE WEST END IS NOT A DEAD END!

THE FIRST WEST END SUNSET COMMUNITY BOCCE/BOWLS/BOULES GET TOGETHER WILL BE HELD ON THE LAWNS AT CAPTAIN’S LANE, NEXT TO THE ROUND HOUSE, ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 BETWEEN 5.30 AND 7.30 PM.

BYO BOWLS OR SHARE. THIS IS A FAMILY EVENT, SO KIDS ARE VERY WELCOME!

CATCH UP WITH YOUR NEIGHBOURS AND OTHER FREMANTLE LOCALS FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS OF RELAXING FUN!

Roel Loopers

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WONDERFUL LIVING IN FREMANTLE’S WEST END

Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 31, 2011

I have now been living in the cottage at Arthur Head for just over a week and it is wonderful. It is the firts time for me to live in the West End of Fremantle, and it is a change I like. I always lived East of Hampton Road, first Bolton Place, then Swanbourne Street, Bellevue Terrace, Forrest Street and Mc Cleery Street. Living in the middle of the city and being able to do almost everything on foot is such a good change.

I wake up and through my bedroom window I see the lit Fremantle Ports tower, it is also the last thing I see at night, before going to sleep. I sit on the veranda and watch the activity in the harbour, the coming and going of Rottnest Island ferries, all behind the stoic figure of CY O’Connor, and listen to the sounds  of it all.

The sea breeze keeps the cottage cool, and I wander around the other cottages and discover little spots I have never noticed before. The industrial look of Slip Street with the Maritime Museum in the background looks different from up here, and so does Bathers Beach.

In the morning I walk the empty and quiet streets before sitting down at Tasty Express at B Shed for my first coffee and reading the West Australian. From there I often walk over to Henry Street to have a second Espresso at the Moore&Moore cafe.

The neighbours are lovely and we are planning regular games of boulles, bocce, petangue, lawn balls, up here on the grass around the Round House on Wednesdays around sunset, in the hope to help re-create a deeper sense of community at this end of town.

I feel pretty special that I live in such a historic, and the most beautiful part, of the city, and have joined the Fremantle Heritage Guides, so I can share my delight with tourists visiting the Round House.

Change often is like starting a whole new life. It is pretty exiting!

Roel Loopers

FREO’S FEMININE FESTIVAL

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on November 7, 2010

Looking for my warm, caring, and deeply emotional feminine side today, I discovered the gorgeous knitting art works by the BOBBIN CLUB all over town.  From there I traveled to the Moores buildings for some more DRAWN TOGETHER, to Samson Park for the CHILDREN’S FIESTA, the ELLEN STREET TENNIS&BOWLING CLUB, and THE NORTH FREMANTLE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

Good to see man about town, our Mayor Brad Pettitt enjoying himself at so many of the locations, playing tennis and lawn bowls, and admiring the living wall in North Freo with councilor Robert Fittock. I doubt Brad had much private time this weekend.

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