Planning for the new Robin Thomas Amenities block is finally underway.
Our current facilities, dating from the 1960s, are in poor condition and we have been working with council for some time to have them replaced. Planning was underway around 2014 before the light rail project started. That put a stop on it all. Whilst we disagree with various parts of light rail design and its impact on Robin Thomas, the plans are now set and our new facilities are being planned.
The existing club house and amenities buildings will be removed and a new building built, we think behind the existing amenities building. This is currently expected to happen from September 2019 and be ready for the 2020 season. Of course this is dependent on a lot of things and we are hoping the existing amenities building can be kept until the new building is ready. But hopefully just one more season with the old stuff and then in 2020 our facilities finally move into the 21st Century!!
Our home field, “Robin Thomas reserve” is situated on the eastern edge of Parramatta City. Finding it can be a little hard as some maps don’t show the parking area as part of the reserve. The street address of Robin Thomas is listed as “Harris St.”, but actually, by car, you enter the reserve from “George St.”, a one way street.
Please refer to a map of the area – a google map is below
Note that George St. is a one way street heading east from the centre of Parramatta. The entry to Robin Thomas Reserve is about 80m on the right after the intersection with Harris St. If coming along George St, avoid using the underpass under Harris St, it makes the turn into Robin Thomas somewhat dangerous, particularly if you don’t know the spot.
Note that on the Northern side of the River, Harris St. becomes Macarthur St. If approaching from that side (that is, you are heading south), the turn is just off the end of the bridge.
If approaching from the Southern end along Harris St., it is legal to do the right turn into George St., but sometimes it takes a little while to get through.
If you are approaching the area along James Ruse Drive, you will want to turn into Hassall St. Hassall St. swings into Parkes St. and you then turn right into Harris St. before turning into George St.
There is also a council parking area (fees apply) at the southern end of the field – in the stub of Hassall St. after the merge point with Parkes St.
Our club house is within Robin Thomas Reserve. It is the sandstone building at the North West corner of the fields, closer to Harris Street.
The clubhouse was built in the 1970’s by club members with the aid of a government grant. The sandstone bricks came from another building demolished from the same site – one of the out-buildings of the “Purchase” nursery which was a prior inhabitant of the site.
The entry to the club house if on the side away from the road.