Centennial Parklands’ new all-weather community sports field will allow 40,000 people a year to benefit, with an increase in playing hours and opportunity for school and community sports teams.
It is well reported that Sydney’s community sports fields and facilities have not kept pace with population growth, and that our city is facing a community sports shortage crisis.
Crisis, yes, but we are part of the solution. Here’s just one story.
The challenges we face
As Australia’s largest community sports venue, Centennial Parklands is already providing sports, recreation and fitness facilities for over 700,000 registered sports users, however demand for our facilities has been growing at around 15 per cent year-on-year.
With around 50,000 new residents moving into surrounding suburbs over coming years, we are looking at more creative and innovative ways of accommodating both growth in demand and growth in the range of sports seeking opportunity.
The all-weather sports field
The sports field is located in Moore Park. It has been designed to meet NRL, AFL, ARU and FIFA standards the field has already accommodated training sessions for the schools, local sports clubs and professional sports teams, such as the Sydney City Roosters, Sydney Swans, and NSW Waratahs.
It also has single field full-size capacity, or can be quickly partitioned off as five small sided pitches for junior or mini-sports.
In terms of playing hours, the all-weather field has the same carrying capacity as three turf sports fields, and will still be able to be played on in inclement weather. All up we estimate 3,500 additional sporting hours have been added to our available hours for the community.
Innovation is the key with the field with water harvesting features built into the infrastructure.
During rain periods water can be captured and directed into nearby Kensington Pond in Centennial Park from where it will then be used for irrigation of other sports fields around Centennial Parklands.
More information and bookings
For more information on the all-weather field and booking details, go to the Centennial Parklands website.