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Fremantle Park

Fremantle Park was given in 1879 for the use of the people of Fremantle by Queen Victoria. More than half of it has been taken away by government departments. What's left is bordered by Ellen, Parry and Ord Streets.

From the beginning of 2020 the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre will house the Tennis, Bowls, and Workers Clubs in a new building on Ellen Street.

Original boundaries of Fremantle Park - map drawn before 1852 when the cemetery was established in the top right corner. Stirling Street and Asylum Road were not built as shown. The northern part of Stirling Street became Shuffrey Street and Ord Street now follows approximately the southern part of 'Asylum Road'.

The original 45 acre reserve originally included nearly all the land between Ellen, Parry, Quarry, Finnerty, and East Streets (except for the Lunatic Asylum [Arts Centre] and its grounds) and therefore included what is now John Curtin school. The second cemetery (called Skinner Street Cemetery) had been excluded in 1852, the year it was consecrated. The Education Department later took over all the land between Ord and East Street—more than half of the original grant for a people's park.


Fremantle Park - showing also Skinner Street Cemetery and the privatised land with housing on Barnett and Shuffrey Streets. The track shown crossing the 'P' of 'Public' is where Ord Street would later become the western boundary of the present Park.

Tennis and Bowling clubs are in the Parry/Ellen St corner, while most of the rest of what is left of the original grant is a playing field (which is also used occasionally for 'events'). Those two clubs, together with the Workers Club, will make use of new club facilities as the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre.


Work on the new Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre began 1 April 2019, with an expected completion date of 11 December 2019.

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The new two-storey building occupies what was the bowling green immediately to the Ellen Street side of the present/former Bowling Club building, with the main entrance from Ellen Street.


The Management Committee of the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre is chaired by Lawrence Apps, with Donald Whittington as Deputy, Matthew Ngui, Secretary, and Keith Bowden, Treasurer. Laurie Apps is currently also President of the Tennis Club, Don Whittington President of the Workers Club, and Matthew Ngui and Keith Bowden are respectively President and VP of the Bowling Club. Other members of the committee include Adele Carles (Workers), Geoff Paganoni (Bowls) and Phil Bayley (Tennis).

News Release 2 April 2019

Construction underway on Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre

Fremantle councillor Adin Lang (left) and Mayor Brad Pettitt with representatives of the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre at the signing of the Fremantle Park lease.

From left: Adin Lang, Don Whittington (Workers President), Mick Bell (Workers VP), Lawrence Apps (Tennis President), Keith Bowden (Bowls VP), Tricia Hille (Tennis Club), Matthew Ngui (Bowls President), Brad Pettitt.

Construction on a major new Sport and Community Centre at Fremantle Park will commence this week.
The signing of a lease by the City of Fremantle and the newly incorporated Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre’s management committee on Friday has paved the way for construction on the new facility to start.
The project will see the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club, Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club and Fremantle Bowling Club all housed in a single, purpose-built facility.
It will include the demolition of the existing tennis club and bowling club buildings, construction of the new centre, the installation of two new hardcourt tennis courts and a new synthetic bowling green.
The chair of the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre management committee, Laurie Apps, said members of all three clubs were jubilant that building contractors would be on site from the beginning of April.
“This project has been many years in the making, and a new sport and community centre, a new synthetic bowling green and new tennis courts will give a huge boost not only to the three clubs but also to the broader community,” Mr Apps said.
“Fremantle Tennis Club, Fremantle Bowling Club and the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club have been an integral part of Fremantle history for well over 100 years.
“And for the three clubs to come together on the very special Fremantle Park, right on the doorstep of the CBD, will ensure the future of the clubs for the next 100 years.”
Mayor Brad Pettitt said the new centre would be a brilliant new community asset for Fremantle.
“The plans for the new building include three indoor function rooms, cafe, bar, commercial kitchen and an alfresco area and balcony overlooking the sporting areas,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“The cafe and alfresco area will be open to the public to enjoy, the indoor function rooms will be available for hire to community groups and for private functions, and the sporting facilities will also be available to the public through casual hire.
“A report commissioned by the council back in 2011 recommended the clubs come together to share a new facility, so it’s been a long road to get to this point.
“I congratulate everyone involved for their patience and dedication in bringing the project this far, and I can’t wait to see the finished building.”
The approved budget for the project is $4.1 million, with $1.85 million coming from the City of Fremantle, $1.85 million from the Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club and $400,000 from the state government’s Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund.
The three clubs also contributed an additional $180,000 to fund items that were outside the scope of the budget.
As a complementary project, the City of Fremantle will also build new public car park on Parry Street.

References, Links, Acknowledgements

Maps from Hutchison.
Time lapse photo by John Reed.
Media release from FCC.

Garry Gillard | New: 21 June, 2016 | Now: 10 October, 2019