The city of Sydney is investing in five synthetic sports courts to provide the growing inner city population with more opportunities to play and train. The goal is to increase the game / train on sports grounds by 16,000 hours by 2030 – almost two years of continuous playing hours.
The five new sports fields – in Zetland, Annandale, Alexandria and Rosebery along with two in Alexandria – have high-quality synthetic surfaces that can be used all year round and in all kinds of weather.
The City of Sydney Council advises that their study of open spaces, recreation and sporting needs highlighted how people who play sports and use sports courts are changing. It also showed the need to increase the capacity of existing sports fields and build new ones to meet the growing demand in their local area.
In contrast to the synthetic surface, the Council notes that lawns can only be used for 20 to 25 hours a week before they deteriorate and bare spots begin to appear. Overuse requires you to return to the seats or they become unusable.
The synthetic surfaces do not require the application of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides that can harm the environment … and they help save water. A FIFA-sized multifunctional grass field also needs about seven megalitres of water – equivalent to three to four Olympic swimming pools each year.
Annandale: The city of Sydney is working on the concept design for a synthetic sports ground as part of the work to expand green areas and recreational areas at The Crescent in Annandale.
Alexandria: In Alexandria, the city of Sydney recently asked locals for their feedback on a proposal to build a FIFA-size synthetic sports field as part of the upgrade of Perry Park in this fast-growing neighborhood.
Alexandria: The area will have another synthetic sports track when the NSW Government’s redevelopment of Alexandria Park Community School is completed in 2022. This multifunctional track will be a joint facility managed jointly by the City of Sydney and the school used by students and staff during school hours and by residents the rest of the time.
Rosenbær: The city of Sydney is also working on plans to upgrade the sports fields to synthetic grass in Turruwul Park in Rosebery.
Zetland: In February, the city of Sydney opened a new multifunctional synthetic sports ground in Gunyama Park, Zetland, along with a water center and other fitness facilities.
Photos: The new synthetic field at Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Center (top, credit / Chris Southwood / City of Sydney) and the artist’s impression of the proposed synthetic field at Perry Park (below, credit: City of Sydney).
February 2, 2021 – Sydney’s most expensive water center officially opens
January 31, 2021 – Installation completed on Arndell Park’s synthetic FIFA quality surface
August 21, 2020 – Sydney’s Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Center on target for the end of the year
July 7, 2020 – Parramatta Council unveils its new synthetic sports field in Rydalmere Park
May 30, 2020 – New oval and synthetic treadmill near completion at Ewing Park in Bendigo
January 29, 2020 – New Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Center is heated by cogeneration system
January 22, 2020 – Margaret River Hockey Club set to receive new half court with synthetic grass with lighting
December 17, 2019 – New synthetic surface benefits athletes in Geelong
December 10, 2019 – Synthetic grass and rubber surfaces launch scheme for recycling old playground rubber surfaces
December 5, 2019 – Australian Synthetic Sports Surfaces Discussion Group launched on LinkedIn
December 2, 2019 – Smart Connection Consultancy publishes updated guide to synthetic sports surfaces
October 31, 2019 – City of Sydney to add artificial turf on three sports fields
August 29, 2019 – Sydney’s North Beach Council opens the latest development of artificial turf
May 21, 2019 – Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Center budget increases to nearly $ 85 million
August 15, 2018 – Port Adelaide athletes benefit from new synthetic sprint track
July 13, 2018 – Smart Connection Consultancy releases the world’s leading guide to synthetic sports surfaces
April 11, 2018 – Sydney’s Northern Beaches Council opens new synthetic football pitch
April 10, 2018 – Increasing use of artificial turf in indoor training areas
January 24, 2018 – Sydney Swans put artificial turf to the test in pre-season training
June 7, 2017 – Rockdale City Suns’ Bicentennial Park to get the first synthetic field in the Bayside Council area
January 18, 2017 – New guide brings together latest research on rubber filling for synthetic sports courts
December 9, 2016 – ASTM International standard for filling artificial turf
December 8, 2016 – Multi-purpose synthetic field opens in Greater Shepparton Sports Precinct
September 8, 2016 – Revolutionary stabilization method for artificial turf and hybrid fields set for Australian launch
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