Tennis and gymnastics at Centenary Park
Founded in 1891, Frankston Tennis Club is one of the oldest in Australia, with hundreds of members playing every week. But as Frankston grows, the current courts have been acquired by the Victorian Government to make way for the vital Frankston Hospital expansion.
We all know the hospital needs to be upgraded, but it shouldn't mean tennis players are left with nowhere to play.
Gymnastics is the fastest growing participation sport in Victorian and is one of the most popular sports with women and girls. Currently, there are no community facilities for gymnasts in Frankston City, with Bayside Gymnastics Club currently operating out of a local primary school hall.
Each day, it takes over 80 minutes for gymnasts to set up and pack up hundreds of kilograms of equipment. We need a permanent home for gymnastics in Frankston with proper equipment and support facilities to help local gymnasts thrive.
Council has worked with local clubs and stakeholders to develop a plan that will relocate the Frankston Tennis Club, merging them with Frankston East Tennis Club and Centenary Park while also building a new permanent home for Bayside Gymnastics Club.
The regional tennis and gymnastics facility will include:
- 16 hard tennis courts including four that meet International Tennis Federation standards
- Four hot shot courts for junior tennis development
- Courtside and pavilion spectator viewing areas
- 1,500sqm gymnastics hall and training pit
- 500 retractable spectator seating overlooking the gymnasium
- Retail space
- Function room and kitchen with associated amenities
- Ground floor kiosk/cafe
- Multi-purpose community meeting rooms
- Player and spectator amenities
- Outdoor meeting and landscape spaces
Council has already committed $11 million to deliver this project, however it needs equal contributions from state and federal governments in order to proceed.
Council will continue advocating for funding to deliver this vital project.