Kensington Recreation Centre design aims for a three-pointer

Whether you’re a young hoopster, a keen swimmer or a yoga devotee, have your say on the concept design for the Kensington Community Recreation Centre redevelopment by 4 October.

More than 400 local people provided ideas towards the redevelopment earlier this year. The resulting two-level concept design showcases the community’s vision for a state-of-the-art centre.

It includes more multi-purpose courts, a new pool and water play area, modernised change facilities, a larger gym, a cafe, and better integration with JJ Holland Park.

Sustainability features include solar panels, a green wall, water conservation measures, and efficient heating and cooling systems, which will help deliver on our commitment to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.

Take a look at the design and have your say over at Participate.

Renee Clarke coaches a free, multicultural basketball program at Kensington Community Recreation Centre for children who live in local public housing.

Since it began in February, Helping Hoops Kensington has become very popular with local families, and Renee is supportive of new facilities to grow the program.

‘Helping Hoops Kensington is like no other program. It’s loud and playful and the kids are always cheering for you. It’s a very positive and infectious program,’ Renee said.

‘I think it builds communities. Everyone is equal, and everyone is well cool. No matter where you come from or what skill set you have, you’re always welcome, as long as you give your best effort.’

‘We pride ourselves on not making things easy for the kids, and allowing them to find their own way. It’s a special thing to witness a kid build their own confidence and realise they can be better.

‘The redevelopment of Kensington Community Recreation Centre will hopefully allow us to run more programs like Helping Hoops with bigger and better facilities.’