Home run for softball facility

Jeff Barrett and Softball Victoria president, Kyle Johnson (Jacob Pattison) 369492_09

The Sunshine Softball Association (SSA) officially opened its More Park facilities on November 18, following an $8.4 million redevelopment of the space.

The SSA is no stranger to the More Park site, having leased the facility for more than 50 years.

The More Park redevelopment in Ardeer includes a new fully accessible sports pavilion with a community social room, kitchen facilities, four new female friendly change room facilities, along with umpire facilities, first aid, store rooms and an accessible public toilet.

The improvements also feature a new multi-purpose batting cage catering for softball and soccer, with lighting reconstruction of sportsgrounds, including realigning the softball diamonds to allow for two new rectangular pitches, sportsground lighting and a path network.

The carpark which now includes lighting has also been upgraded and expanded.

The association invited the wider softball community along with past and present members to attend the opening and tour the upgraded facility.

SSA committee president Jodie Lightowler said she was “honoured” to welcome everyone to the new facility and was proud to be able to share it with the larger softball community.

“The Sunshine Softball Association committee and members are focussed and driven to provide a facility that can be used for players and officials that are striving to play at an elite level, as well as providing a place where we come together as a community,” she said.

“It’s a place where we can get enjoyment whilst engaging in an outdoor team activity that is equally focussed on male and female sport.”

Ms Lightowler said the association has a long and proud history, and plans on being at the facility well into the future.