Ground-breaking day at Parkwood
Today saw the ceremonial breaking of soil at Parkwood International to signal that the construction of perhaps the best training and administration facility of any football operation in Australia is about to begin.
Parkwood International, located between Helensvale and Southport, will be rebranded ‘Club Parkwood – Home of the Acquis Gold Coast Titans’ as part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment, transforming the site into one of the best sporting and entertainment precincts in the country.
“This is a very significant day for the Titans and for Parkwood International,” said Aquis Titans CEO Graham Annesley after shovelling the first pod of soil with Gold Coast City mayor, Cr. Tom Tate.
“It will be good to get our football and administration areas reunited later this year and a tremendous bonus for this club to operate from some of the best facilities in the game.
“This is a ground-breaking project, not only for rugby league but for sports generally and golf courses internationally. These will be facilities equal if not better than anything available throughout the winter sports.
“It’s not just a home for the Titans but a complete sports precinct, with an indoor sports centre and medical facilities and will be the new home of the Aquis Gold Coast Titans.
“Everything that is required for a high performance unit will be available here later this year.”
A bonus for Titans’ members will be that they automatically receive membership status at Club Parkwood, valued at $90. This membership features a free birthday meal and discounts on golf, meals and drinks when utilising the club facilities.
As well as providing a modern office environment for staff, players will have access to indoor training courts, aqua therapy, a fully-equipped gymnasium, an altitude chamber and dedicated change-room facilities.
The project also include a huge indoor sports centre allowing the community to access indoor cricket, soccer and netball activities while the 25-metre three-lane lap pool will offer learn-to-swim classes with separate hydrotherapy baths.
The community will also be able to access a new health and medical building, offering a complete range of services including sports science, yoga studio and access to the best in relaxation and sports massage practitioners.
“Our city has embraced the Titans for many years and I’m confident this new facility will deliver the on-field results we are all barracking for,” said Cr. Tate.
“I sense today is the start of a new era for our Gold Coast Titans.”
Managing director of Parkwood International, Luke Altschwager added: “It is a big day for our facility and our golf club. It is a great opportunity for a property like ours.”
Construction will be done by Hutchinson Construction and project manager Ross Hankin was also on hand to oversee the turning of the soil at the site where he will spend much of his time during ensuing months.
PICTURED (from left): Luke Altschwager, Mayor Tom Tate, Graham Annesley and Ross Hankin.