Published on 10 August 2021

Morton Road tennis courts now open

Four new multi-use courts have joined the sprawling, recently opened, skate park at Christie Downs’ Morton Road Reserve, as the $3.5 million sports and community hub nears completion.

The community is free to have a hit or a shoot anytime at the new tennis/netball courts—the latest project milestone of the highly anticipated hub, which is due to launch in spring.

The federal government contributed $400,000 towards the courts and oval earthworks and irrigation, through its Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program, adding to the $1.5 million each from City of Onkaparinga and state government towards the wider project.

Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation (RRSF) contributed $100,000 towards the hub, which will become home to the foundation’s “life-changing” sports coaching and mentoring programs for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

RRSF founder, former professional tennis player and coach to some of the world’s best, Roger Rasheed, said it was a thrill to see the courts—which he said would be painted blue in summer—open to the public.

“It’s fantastic to be back down here at Christie Downs, and the tennis courts and netball courts—they’re open, so you can grab your racquets, come down here and use them as you will,” he said.

“I love the two hitting walls here because you don’t normally see them in tennis complexes, and more importantly, we’ll be putting some community programs in place for kids to come and get free tennis lessons here right throughout the course of the year.”

City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson said it was exciting to watch the courts and skate park become a hive of activity in the lead-up to the wider hub launch.

“Once completed, this place will become a sanctuary, particularly for young people and families, who’ll be able to come and hit or kick a ball, go for a skate, or simply relax and breathe in some fresh air with their community,” she said.

“”Our team is now working to finish all remaining works by spring including footpaths, public art, playspace, basketball half-court, shelters, barbecue area, lighting and toilets.”

Minister for Planning and Local Government Vickie Chapman said it was “fantastic to see another piece of the puzzle falling into place”.

“The community netball and tennis courts will encourage people of all ages to get out into the fresh air and engage in physical activity,” she said.

“With spring just around the corner, there is no better time to pick up a racquet or netball, and test out these brand new, state-of-the-art courts.”

Sharon Jolly, Chairperson of Christie Downs Community House (which is located alongside the courts, said the centre’s board of management was very excited about the latest milestone.

“The Board have been fortunate to be involved in the development and progression of this wonderful and exciting community asset, and the development will bring so much to our community by way of creating a community hub for all to participate, engage with and enjoy,” she said.

“The centre will benefit, along with the community, as it compliments much of the work we do and will offer us with so many new and interesting ways to support our community.”

A formal name for the hub is expected to be unveiled at the launch in spring, with council set to release a shortlist of names for the public to vote on soon, following suggestions from the community.

A separate engagement via council’s Your Say page is asking for the community’s feedback on a proposal to make the Morton Road Reserve a dry area.

You can have your say via the page until Friday 13 August.

Mayor Erin Thompson and Roger Rasheed at the newly opened tennis courts at Morton Road Reserve.