United effort brings new sports pitch to Collingwood Housing Estate

Child playing at Collingwood sports pitch
24 November 2015

Residents of the Collingwood housing estate now have a space to sink hoops and perfect their soccer skills with a new state of the art outdoor sports pitch. Child playing at Collingwood sports pitch

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley joined residents and Melbourne sporting groups including twice Australian table tennis champion Peter Marriott as well representatives from the Melbourne Vixens Netball Club and Melbourne Victory Football Club to officially open the new facility.  

This $475,000 community facility has been five years in the making and is the result of a request by the estate’s residents to better use the space and build a soccer pitch.

The new pitch has gone above and beyond the resident’s original request for a soccer pitch and now contains a multipurpose pitch where residents can play netball, basketball, soccer, table tennis and practice tai chi. 

The name of the space was also announced at the opening event. Unity Park was named by a competition for children. The original suggestion was Umoja Park which means Unity Park in Swahili. To represent this signage for the park will have the word ‘Unity’ written in the most used languages of residents living on the estate. 

At the event children and residents from the estate were able to participate in activities run by local sporting groups to get a taste for local sport and everyone had a giggle.

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