Sportsgrounds to close for renovation ahead of winter season

Released 20/03/2017

All ACT Government sportsgrounds are closed from 18 to 31 March (inclusive) to undergo necessary renovations, which are carried out twice yearly at the beginning and end of the summer sport season.

Jenny Priest, Director of Active Canberra, said during the shutdown period all ACT Government irrigated natural turf sportsgrounds will be closed and unavailable for formal hire, allowing much needed maintenance work to be carried out.

“The summer season is always busy for sportsgrounds in the ACT with a range of sporting groups and individuals getting great use out of our ovals which is why we need to carry out these essential maintenance works.”

The ACT Government manages approximately 280 hectares of irrigated sportsgrounds across 126 separate sites in the ACT, and each of these grounds host regular training and competitions year round.

“We work closely with the regular users of our sportsgrounds and know that our stakeholders understand the importance ensuring the surfaces remain fit for purpose for all our users and are ready to host winter sports including AFL, rugby league, rugby union and football,” Ms Priest said.

The annual Autumn Sportsground Renovation Program is focused on repairing surfaces damaged through the summer sport season and on giving grounds a much needed break prior to the start of winter competition.

The program includes the application of fertiliser to assist turf growth and to re-establish turf density prior to winter competitions commencing. Other restoration activities include aeration, top dressing of worn and uneven areas and over sowing of bare or sparse areas to achieve an even turf cover.

During this maintenance period, back nets will be removed, goal posts will be installed, and our groundskeepers also focus on getting the turf in the best possible shape for winter competition.

The dates of the shutdown period are negotiated well in advance with the sports associations and clubs who regularly use ACT Government ovals to ensure disruption to playing and training schedules are minimised.

Schools are notified of the shutdown period and are asked where possible to limit the use of ACT Government sportsgrounds during this time.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our sportsground users for the support and patience while we complete these essential restoration works,” Ms Priest said.

Sportsgrounds will reopen on Saturday, 1 April 2017.

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