More synthetic sports fields for longer playing hours

We’re investing in 5 synthetic sports fields so our growing inner-city population can play and train more often.

We’re increasing recreation and sporting opportunities across our city to meet the need of our growing communities. This includes increasing the play at our sports fields by 16,000 hours by 2030 – that’s nearly 2 years of continuous playing hours.

The new synthetic field at Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Zetland. Image: Chris Southwood/City of Sydney

5 new synthetic sports fields across our area will provide help us reach this goal.

The fields in Zetland, Annandale, Alexandria and Rosebery – and 2 in Alexandria – will give locals more opportunities to play sports and keep active more often throughout the year.

Our study of open spaces, recreation and sport needs showed us how people playing sport and using sports fields are changing. It also showed we need to increase the capacity of existing sports fields and build new ones to meet growing demand in our local area.

The new synthetic field at Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Zetland. Image: Chris Southwood/City of Sydney

Durable and sustainable surfaces for all weathers

The 5 new sports fields have high quality synthetic surfaces that can be used all year round and in all weathers.

In contrast, turf surfaces can only be used for 20 to 25 hours a week before they deteriorate and bare patches begin to emerge. Overuse means we often need to returf the pitches or they become unusable.

The synthetic surfaces mean we don’t need to apply fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides that can harm the environment.

And they help us save water. A FIFA sized grass multipurpose field also needs around 7 megalitres of precious water – the equivalent of 3-4 Olympic swimming pools of water every year.

Artist’s impression of the proposed synthetic field at Perry Park. Image: City of Sydney

Enjoy 5 new sports fields from Annandale to Zetland

Annandale: We’re working on the concept design for a synthetic sports field as part of work to expand green spaces and recreational areas at The Crescent in Annandale.

Alexandria: In Alexandria we recently asked locals for their feedback on a proposal to build a FIFA sized synthetic sports field as part of the upgrade of Perry Park in this fast growing neighbourhood.

Alexandria: The area will gain a second synthetic sports field when the NSW Government’s redevelopment of Alexandria Park Community School is complete in 2022. This multipurpose field will be a shared 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.

Artist’s impression of the new synthetic field being built at Alexandria Park Community School. Image: NSW Government/TKD Architects

Rosebery: We’re also working on plans to upgrade the sports fields to synthetic grass at Turruwul Park in Rosebery. The concept plan will be released and available for consultation soon. To be kept in the loop on this project, sign up to our consultation e-newsletter or visit our website.

Zetland: In February we opened a new multipurpose synthetic sports field in Gunyama Park in Zetland along with an aquatic centre and other fitness facilities.

The new synthetic field at Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Zetland. Image: Chris Southwood/City of Sydney

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