The new facilities for the club are set to be state of the art, featuring a sporting field, clubhouse and changing rooms, and will be located in Everleigh, Greenbank, opposite Pub Lane.
Pirates President Andy Colenso says that the first works have begun on the new oval, with turf planned to go down mid-next year, for full use by October, however the other facilities won’t be ready for a while.
“In regards to the clubhouse and change rooms we are still working through funding with Logan City Council on these but we are hoping they could be finished by the end of 2022 or early 2023, in time for the new season that year,” Mr Colenso said.
The new sports and recreation hub was designed and built by award winning property group Mirvac, who built the entire Everleigh Precinct.
After over a decade of lobbying for new grounds, Mr Colenso says it’s a relief to finally see the works happening, and he has big plans for it that he hopes to see through.
“This will be an entirely different ball game with a new facility that we can all enjoy. We can’t wait to work with Mirvac, Logan City Council, AFLQ and all levels of government to get this done,” Mr Colenso said.
“The design by Mirvac is state of the art. The terraces around the grounds and mature tree planting will make the venue look like it has been there for some time. We are also looking at integrating a coffee shop for full use of the community, as well as public toilets.
“We have the same mindset as Mirvac that we want to engage our community and get as many people involved or following our club into the future. Nothing beats live local footy every Saturday especially in your own estate.”
“At the end it will be something that we can all be satisfied with and will be used most of the time entertaining the future of our community.”
While he is excited for the new club, Andy says it hasn’t been without struggle, and a long time waiting.
“We have been waiting 13 years for a new facility and lobbying Logan City Council and all levels of government,” Mr Colenso said.
“Having played out of a school oval for the past 13 years it becomes very hard to recruit senior men and women to play footy when your facilities are well below sub-standard.
“It is also starting to affect our juniors as parents are drawn to the bigger clubs with better facilities for their kids.”
Mr Colenso says Everleigh and Mirvac have been great partners to bring these new facilities to the community.
“Dealing with Mirvac has been a breath of fresh air. They are so proactive and community focused, we are very lucky to have them in our region,” Mr Colenso said.
“We only got involved with the Everleigh Precinct just over 12 months ago and they have been outstanding to deal with and really want to deliver something that all the community can be involved with, and will also look the part.
“They have really been the ones driving this process and we now need Logan City Council to keep up with the speed that they will deliver the project within a reasonable timeline.”
Mr Colenso says that he hopes the new oval for the pirates will be the catalyst for many more exciting infrastructure upgrades for the Logan West’s thriving sport scene and thanks those who have supported the process.
“We see many other councils deliver these types of facilities very easily yet in Logan we struggle to get anything off the ground when it comes to major sporting infrastructure. That needs to change and this can be the project to start that process,” Mr Colenso said.
“I will say though the Councillor for Division 11 (Natalie Willcox) has been great and is trying to get things moving. But like some things within council, her hands are tied.
“Now is the time for everyone to come together and get this facility built for the benefit of the community.”
Park Ridge Pirates AFL Club was established in 2008 by parents who saw a need for a local club so their kids could play football close to home and currently operates out of Park Ridge State High School.