Established in 1837, Klemzig was the first settlement for German immigrants who journeyed to Australia, and was named after a village called Klemzig near the city of Zullichau in south eastern Brandenburg in the German State of Prussia, now Poland. As a ward rich with living history, today, it's no surprise that 118 residents of this north-eastern ward are German- born.
To ensure the acknowledgment of this continuing history, the name Klemzig Recreation Grounds was chosen for a major asset upgrade that was finalised during 2013- 2014. During the project most of the reserve has been replaced with new buildings, infrastructure and landscaping.
The end result is a showpiece that includes top-level oval facilities, floodlighting and carparking. A new community hall provides excellent access, commercial kitchen facilities is suitable for use for a number of purposes- from displays, exhibitions, fundraisers and presentations. The hall also provides direct access to oval and walking facilities around the reserve. The cost of the whole of the project was in the vicinity of $8.4 million.
There are now excellent landscaped passive park facilities that include barbeques, seating and shelters, personal exercise equipment and walking paths, open community tennis courts and playgrounds featuring natural play elements.
The plan also had to take into account stormwater requirements, including an underground drainage system for the oval, a new oval-wide irrigation system and an urban forest area for relaxation. There's also a native garden that gives a sense of the flora native to the area.
Starting out with a plan to upgrade the hall at this location, the Klemzig recreation area has been transformed. "This was a facility that previously had somewhat limited community use" said Acting Director Robert Tiggeman. "Our goal was to increase participation at the hall and in the open space around it"
Robert also said that he saw great value Council's teams collaborating in all stages of the project, with staff from all departments contributing to the consultation and planning for the site, as well as the extensive the upgrade works.
A family fun day and launch was held on 9 March, to officially recognise the completion of the project and welcome the community to the site. Several hundred community members attended, and enjoyed stalls, performances and displays by other local groups and clubs. The Enfield Brass and Ompa Bands, both active in the area for decades, provided the soundtrack.
A special part of the morning was dedicated to the opening of the Arthur Musolino Memorial Garden, which is a feature section of the new site. Arthur Musolino was leading community figure, most active in the Klemzig area, who passed away in January 2013. Derrick Kendrick, another local man, had initiated naming this garden in Arthur's memory to recognize his contributions to the community over the years.
"Monumental works have been carried at this reserve," said Arthur's daughter, Helen Grant. "On the day of the launch, the Mayor read out some of Arthur's many attributes, and a plaque on a huge rock was unveiled by my mother, Margaret Musolino. It was a very special event and I am very proud of my Dad and his achievements."