Subiaco Oval was officially opened today giving community members access for the first time in decades.
The City of Subiaco has worked with DevelopmentWA to fast-track community access and reopen the oval sooner than expected.
New AFL goal posts, flood lighting and the heritage restored gates now frame the hallowed turf and temporary toilets and parking are due to open by end of June.
Mayor Penny Taylor said Subiaco Oval was a historically significant community asset.
“Many in the community have been waiting to kick a footy on the oval and see where their sporting heroes once played opened up to the public,” she said.
“For the past 30 years it’s been used as an elite space for professional sports, and today marks the first day, that community can once again access this WA icon.”
Students of Bob Hawke College will continue to use Subiaco Oval for physical and outdoor education during school hours, and the oval is open to the general public all other times.
“We’re working through all the possibilities to make sure we get this right so that all in the community can continue to access this Western Australian place of significance,” Mayor Taylor said.
Subiaco Oval will be a shared community space, with use by Bob Hawke College students during school hours, access for WAFC training and football programs, junior sports training and competitions and general community and recreation use. The shared user agreement will set out the hours of use, maintenance and management of the oval.