New turf at Citizens Park boosts community sports

Tuesday 21 February 2017

The cricket season is off to a great start at Citizens Park in Richmond following a $30,000 turf reconstruction.

More than 2,200 square metres of new instant turf has been laid in the high traffic area closest to the pavilion to provide a thicker, more durable playing surface.

Yarra’s new Mayor, Cr Roberto Colanzi, welcomed the improvements to Citizens Park, which is the largest and most popular park in central Richmond.

“This fabulous park is home to the Richmond Union Cricket Club and Richmond Junior Footy Club, two great community sports organisations boasting more than two dozen teams between them,” he said.

“The number of junior cricketers at the Club has increased significantly, almost to capacity, and I am excited to hear that as of next year the ground will also be home to two new all-female junior football teams.”

Cr Colanzi said the Citizens Park oval, when not used for organised sport, was also a popular destination for the whole community, including dog-owners, joggers and people simply enjoying a spot of lunch in the sunshine. Council’s new and improved maintenance program will help ensure that everyone has great experience at the park.

The reconstruction works, which cover about one quarter of the playing surface, were finalised in September. These works were part of Council’s proactive maintenance program, which has also been stepped up to include more frequent ground inspections and repairs, and use of fast-acting turf plugs rather than the traditional sand-filling approach. These works will continue into the football season.


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