Sportsgrounds update in response to COVID-19
From midnight Friday 15 May 2020, non-contact community sport can recommence in outdoor spaces with a maximum group size of 10 people. This is for training purposes only, and there will be no competition play.
ACT Government sportsgrounds will be available for bookings from Monday 18 May 2020, with existing bookings reinstated and new bookings available in line with the usual arrangements during the current playing season. To make a booking please email email@example.com or phone 6207 5141.
Toilets will be open, however, communal facilities such as changerooms, clubhouses and kitchen facilities will remain closed until further notice.
Information about booking sportsgrounds is available on the Sport and Recreation website.
Information about sportsground upgrades is available here.
Informal Use Ovals
During the 1990s a number of ovals were converted to dryland (non-irrigated), reflecting their low usage levels at the time. Unlike sportsgrounds, Neighbourhood Ovals are not irrigated and so are not suitable for organised, formal sporting use. They also don’t have facilities such as pavilions, toilets, change rooms, canteen facilities and match play lighting but they are a great space for informal recreation and a play space for the local community.
Neighbourhood Ovals are mown on the same cycle as other suburban mowing, around six times per year depending on the season. The surface is also inspected periodically to ensure it is in a safe condition.
The appearance of Neighbourhood Ovals is dependent on rainfall. Like other non-irrigated open space areas, they will appear green when rainfall is sufficient but will brown off in dry times.
The ACT is fortunate to have access to 880 individual irrigated sportsgrounds and there are no plans to reinstate irrigation at Neighbourhood Ovals. To do so would require considerable investment to re-establish the required soil and grass cover and renew irrigation systems.
Community ideas about how to manage and activate the valuable open space of Neighbourhood Ovals are welcome. You can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.