Bright new sporting era for Merrylands

Merrylands is on the threshold of a bright new era of sporting facilities.

Holroyd Council plans to have a swimming pool in Merrylands Park completed for the start of the 1968-69 swimming season.

Within a matter of weeks the new cycling track at Merrylands Oval will be completed.

And major dralnagework in Merrylands Park will provide another playing field.

Mayor of Hoiroyd, Ald. R. W. Devlin, is expected to make a statement on plans for the swimming pool at tonight's council meeting.

He said at the last meeting that council would definitely not go back on its decision to build a pool before a library.

The pool, which will be built on the site of a small sports field in Merrylands Park, should be ready for use in October next year.

Work on the pool is expected to begin early in the New Year.

At the last council meeting, Ald, F. S, Edwards suggested that Ald, Devlin should make a statement on the pool, because some people still seemed to doubt that council would go ahead with the project.

He said the doubts seemed to have arisen because of opposition in some quarters to council's decision to build the pool before a central library.

The pool will undoubtedly be a boon to residents of the district.

Parents with young children will probable appreciate the pool more than most people.

The convenience of the swimming facilities will remove a summer headache of what to do at the weekends and in holidays.

Next door to the swimming pool will be the cycling track around Merrylands Oval

Cycling officials say it will be the best track in Sydney, especially following the close-down of some other major tracks.

Lighting work is being done at the track now and should be completed within a few weeks.

Drainage work in Merrylands Park is part of a long term project to pipe the creek which runs through the park.

Observers say this will provide room for an extra playing field.

This summer Merrylands Oval will be used for half of Cumberland Cricket Club's first grade "home" matches.

It all adds up to increasing prominence of Merrylands as a major centre for sporting facilities.


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