The long awaited Boyanup recreation facility upgrades were officially opened on Thursday, much to the delight of residents.

Dozens of eager sports fans turned out for the event, led by Capel shire president Murray Scott and Collie-Preston MLA and Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering and Sport and Recreation, Mick Murray, who enjoyed a friendly three-minute, one-on-one basketball game after the ribbon was cut.

“Our sporting clubs were going backwards because of the facilities,” Cr Scott said.

“Our football club couldn’t function too well with the facility that was there, the bowling club needed wheelchair access to the building and so did the basketball, netball and tennis courts.”

All of the issues listed by Cr Scott were addressed as part of the more than half-million-dollar project as well as the total resurfacing of the basketball, netball and tennis courts and refurbishment of the football clubrooms.

Mr Murray said he was proud his department was able to contribute more than $66,000 to the project and that it had been a long time coming.

“To see these courts now completed and in use is really great,” he said.

“Things like the height-adjustable basketball rings mean every age group can play.”

Shire chief executive Ian McCabe was also at the opening and congratulated the council and shire staff “on a well-executed project.”