(11/5/2018) New changerooms at Gilbert Fraser Reserve
The freshly renovated changerooms at Gilbert Fraser Reserve in North Fremantle will be officially opened tomorrow.
The upgrade to the rooms under the historic grandstand at the oval was joint effort between the City of Fremantle, North Fremantle Amateur Football Club and the Fremantle Mosman Park Cricket Club.
Improvements included fresh paint, new carpet and refurbished showers and toilets catering for both men and women.
Peter Grosser from the football club said the $70,000 project started with an upgrade to the showers and grew from there.
“I’ve been here since 1972 and the showers have always been a bugbear for me because they were still the same tiles from when I was playing,” Mr Grosser said.
“My personal view was the facilities here weren’t up to scratch to entice women to play and use the changerooms down here, so once the ball started rolling we kept going and had it painted and new carpets put down to the point that now it’s beautiful.”
The cricket club’s Armando De Abreu said the upgrade had retained the historic feel inside the building while also bringing the facilities up to a modern standard.
“We’re very thankful to the City of Fremantle for contributing $15,000 towards the project. It’s resulted in the finished project being a really fantastic, up-to-date set of changerooms that will be usable for both male and female sport,” Mr De Abreu said.
The outside of the 100-year-old grandstand was renovated by City of Fremantle in 2016.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said he hoped the upgrade to the changerooms would encourage more women and girls to play their favourite sports.
“Fremantle has been a trendsetter in supporting women’s sport, with WA’s first AFLW team - the Fremantle Dockers - playing their home games at our very own Fremantle Oval,” Mayor Pettitt said.
The changeroom opening will be part of the annual North Fremantle Community Day at the oval.
As well as football games there will be lots of family orientated entertainment and attractions, including food trucks, a cake stall, jumping castle, face painting, petting zoo and live music.
The festivities will begin at Gilbert Fraser Reserve at 12 noon and continue until 5.00 pm.