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NSW/ACT Meeting the Demand of Tomorrow - How to Improve Your Sports fields Carrying Capacity

22 August 2019
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Gore Hill Park
Reserve Road and Pacific Highway, St Leonards
Delivery Method
Seminar and Tour

How can you increase your sports field's carrying capacity? Do you have a plan in place? The increase in population is putting ever increasing pressure on local government to provide facilities that are capable of meeting this demand.

PLA NSW/ACT invite you to attend a one day a seminar and tour to discuss these demands at the newly opened $10.5 million Gore Hill Park. The day will consist of discussions on hybrid and synthetic turf, soil and irrigation assessment procedures and a panel discussion from sporting codes on their future needs.

The afternoon will include a presentation and onsite tour from Willoughby City Council of the new Gore Hill Park precinct. Hear first-hand about the plans, processes and challenges overcome to achieve the end result, and the difference the new facilities have made to the community.

Gore Hill Park

The Gore Hill Park Redevelopment was a jointly funded project between the Federal Government and Willoughby City Council to a value of $10.5Million. Before construction the park featured a natural turf oval booked for AFL and cricket, a club house, carpark, exercise equipment station and casual park seating. The field acted as a natural detention basin in times of high rain and this impacted on the number of hours that the field could be booked for organised sport.

The redevelopment of the site included the rotation of the oval (allowing space for planned future works to construct an indoor multi-sport facility) and its conversion to synthetic. The conversion to synthetic has provided more than double the hours for bookings that were available on the natural turf oval and the field is line marked for AFL, cricket and summer soccer. The additional hours of play now available has addressed the shortfall in sporting fields that is experienced in the Willoughby local government area. A large detention tank was installed below the field to protect the field and surrounding infrastructure from flooding and enables sport bookings to continue through wet weather. The works also included an additional exercise equipment station, new regional scale playground with picnic settings and bbq's, perimeter walking track, half basketball court and handball courts, upgraded carpark and new modular building housing home and away change rooms, community function room, kiosk and public toilets.

The new features were designed with accessibility in mind and are focused on improving sporting opportunities for the community for both organised sporting groups as well as casual activity such as joggers and dog walkers who make use of the perimeter walking track, sports courts and exercise equipment. Willoughby City Council is proud of the health and fitness opportunities that are now available to the whole community, no matter their ability and has been thrilled with the feedback received from the community following the opening of the site in March 2019.

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