Slice of Cheese

Lightwood Park Redevelopment A Boost For Lions

The Kingborough Lions are celebrating after receiving confirmation that a $623,000 ground redevelopment will soon commence at Lightwood Park.

Premier Will Hodgman and Nic Street, Member for Franklin announced $311,000 in State Government funding for the project to go with $312,000 from Kingborough Council to fund the upgrade to the ground.

A delighted Lions President, Warren Isles said it was a significant boost to have secured the ground upgrade that will have a range of benefits.

“The growth in local football has been exceeding the availability of grounds throughout the season, especially in junior ranks for both boys and girls.

“This project will see a new natural grass football ground constructed adjacent to the existing Lightwood Park, with lighting and associated ground improvements and is a great boost for meeting that demand.

The works will be managed by Kingborough Council commencing this spring for completion in time for the 2018 football season. That will mean the ability for the Lions to host night games in 2018, something Isles said the club was excited about.

“We are particularly excited about the prospect of the Lions next season being able to hold night games for Men’s PS4 National Premier League and PFD Women’s Super League at the Den.”

On behalf of all our players and supporters I thank the State Government and also the Kingborough Council who are providing matching funding, for their strong support for our Club and for promoting local football” 

The project at Lightwood Park is the first stage of a broader vision for developing a premier football facility in Kingborough. A working group of the Lions, Kingborough Council and Football Federation Tasmania is also undertaking a feasibility study with $15,000 from the State Government into the potential for additional all-weather synthetic football grounds and associated facilities at the Kingston Sports Centre.