Cleared construction site of Jim Elphick Tennis Centre ahead of works to start on project
CLEAN SLATE:  Construction work is ready to begin on the redevelopment of the Jim Elphick Tennis Centre at Bolton Park, after successful completion of the demolition phase.

Projects & Works

Jim Elphick Tennis Centre construction set to commence

Published: 01 Mar 2024 12:13pm

Construction is set to commence in the coming fortnight on the redevelopment of the Jim Elphick Tennis Centre at Bolton Park.

It follows the successful completion of its recent demolition phase of the old tennis courts, internal fences, and clubhouse.

The comprehensive revitalisation of the centre forms Stage 1 of Wagga Wagga City Council’s planned wider upgrades to the Bolton Park precinct.

Contract Project Manager Matt Griffin said that this phase is expected to be completed in 10 months, weather permitting.

“The updated facility will include eight new acrylic courts, built to the same specifications as Melbourne Park,” Mr Griffin said.

“A further four community-size acrylic courts will be provided for training and competition purposes, while five sand-filled artificial Grass courts will also be provided for community use.

“A new clubhouse, with pro-shop, kiosk, and function room, will also be built, with a focus on accessibility.”

The project is funded by the NSW Government, Wagga Wagga City Council and Tennis NSW.

Concept design drawing of tennis court development
📷 Jim Elphick Tennis Centre Concept Design as part of the Bolton Park Sports Hub upgrade.

Council’s Manager of Recreation & Economic Development Ben Creighton said the facility will play a key role in boosting Wagga Wagga’s reputation as a premier athletic centre with the capacity to attract tourists, competitors and officials from across the country.

“This redevelopment has provided a fantastic opportunity for us to partner with Tennis NSW and the NSW Government Office of Sport,” Mr Creighton said.

“It will help us cement our place as a destination of choice for first class sporting events and provide our community with exceptional facilities that support local health and wellbeing.”

During the construction phase, residents are advised to expect increased traffic and limited parking near the work site, including the Morgan Street carpark.

Members of the public are urged to follow safety signs and be aware of construction activity.

An official sod turning for the venue is scheduled for March 2024, during which Council will welcome key stakeholders representing government, funding partners and the local sporting community, to celebrate this important project milestone.