Putting families first with Koornang Park revitalisation

Published: 24 Dec 2021

Bird's eye view of Koornang Park Pavillion

Over four decades, local Luke Meyer has proudly watched generations of his family play for Carnegie Cricket Club at their home ground in Koornang Park.

Luke grew up in a house adjoining the park and it holds a special significance for him and his family.

When Luke was young, he would stroll across the road and jump the fence to play juniors on a Saturday, quenching his thirst at the old grandstand afterwards.

Luke’s father was president of Carnegie Cricket Club for a time, and later he watched his own son play for the club.

After the Koornang Park upgrade was completed in June, Luke was delighted to see the facilities get a new lease of life, becoming more modern and accessible.

“I started playing there as a youngster in the 80s and have been on the committee since 2006,” he said.

“It was pretty amazing watching my son grow up and develop his skills on the same pitch I played on.

“But, back in the day the facility was pretty rough and not a particularly welcoming environment for families, women and girls.”

The park’s $1.2 million redevelopment includes upgrades to the old grandstand, as well as the kitchen and kiosk, scoring and timekeeping areas, plus new storage and community events spaces.

Amenities have been designed as diversity friendly to encourage more women and young people to participate.

“We’re a very big family club - a lot of the people in my generation have kids and families of their own who are now playing juniors,” Luke said.

“The upgrades will definitely increase the quality of the experience for everyone involved - from our volunteers, players, coaches to supporters and families from all backgrounds.”

With strong personal ties to the Carnegie community through playing soccer as a child on the oval next to Koornang Park, the upgrades hit a soft spot for Glen Eira City Council Councillor Tony Anthanasopoulos.

Cr Anthanasopoulos said the most exciting thing is watching long-time club members who have stuck with their club and are now bringing their own children through the junior ranks.

“The clubs at Koornang Park are so family-focused and, with the redeveloped pavilion, they will have enhanced opportunities for social events. That is really what community sport is all about -- having a place where you belong,” he said.

Page last updated 21 Jun 2022
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