Princes Park, Carlton North:
The seven hectare site known as Princes Park Southern Sportsfield was reconstructed during 2014 – 15. Part of this site was previously unusable for sport and also doubled as an overflow car park for sporting events at the main oval.
SportsTurf were involved in the design of the new sporting surface on this site as well as supervised the reconstruction.
The work involved stripping and reshaping the site to create a ridge slope that best matched the site, installation of a network of subsurface drains and an automatic irrigation system, installation of two turf wicket benches and a 200 mm deep sand root zone layer and grassed with Village Green kikuyu.
The end result is one of the largest high profile all weather multi-use sporting surfaces in Melbourne that currently accommodates cricket, soccer and rugby and can be used for most other sporting activities.
Central Oval, Colac:
This Oval has been completely reconstructed with a sand profile, new irrigation and drainage system, removal of the turf cricket wicket and a new couch surface.
In late 2012 the reconstruction of this project commenced and was the biggest project that Colac Otway Shire Council had ever undertaken with their sportsfields.
The project involved stripping the existing surface, removal of the existing irrigation system and removal of the existing turf wicket. The remaining surface was shaped to form the base for the new oval and a new irrigation system and drainage system were installed. A root zone mix of 250 mm of selected and amended sand was placed on top and shaped to match the design requirements. The surface was sprigged with Santa Ana couch. The official opening took place in the first week in May 2015.
SportsTurf were involved with the design & specification of the sports field as well as supervision of the works.
The National Golf Club, Old Course, Cape Schanck:
After years of struggling with Poa annua contaminated greens, the Club decided in mid 2013, to resurface all the greens to their existing contours with a new bent grass. After trial works with several new grasses it was decided to go with McKenzie Bent a new selection of creeping bent grass.
SportsTurf surveyed all 18 holes on a 1m grid to give an accurate survey of the existing levels. If there were level variations within the grid further points were taken to ensure the full information was available. These grids were tied in with 4 permanent bench marks which would be used again in the future when the greens were reshaped.
The surveys were converted into 3D files which were loaded into 3D controlled shaping equipment to shape the greens back to their original contours. This process allows the green to be reshaped to the previous contours but the final level can be lower than the original levels to make up for the depth of sand that was removed to ensure that the existing Poa annua seed bank and full thatch depth was removed. This depth varied from green to green. The new grass was grown on site by the club in a 2 hectare nursery and laid by the staff.
Western Park, Docklands:
This site, previously a disused dockyard covered in a slab of concrete, has been completely transformed in to a multipurpose sporting and recreational venue consisting of a pyramid shape, complete subsurface drainage network, automatic irrigation system, 250 mm deep sand root zone layer and grassed with Village Green kikuyu.
The AFL sized oval, renamed Ron Barassi Senior Oval is the first natural turf sporting surface to be constructed in the Docklands since Etihad Stadium.
SportsTurf were involved with the design of the sportsfield and surrounding areas as well as assisting with the supervision of the works.
Dendy Park, Brighton:
An 8 hectare sports field in Bayside City Council that is on an old tip site. The site is unstable and it is not uncommon for large areas of the playing surface to sink overnight. Council commenced a major staged project to transform the site in to a more usable facility. This involved stripping and reconsolidating the site using a number of compaction techniques then reconstructing the sporting surface. To-date two of the proposed five stages have been reconstructed. The end result has been a stable one way slope over the site, a network of subsurface drains, an automatic irrigation system, a 200 mm sand root zone layer and grassed with Village Green kikuyu.
SportsTurf is involved in the design and supervision of the works in conjunction with Council. A huge improvement in the site is already evident where the work has been completed. It is envisaged that when the project is completed, the site will undoubtedly be one of the largest open space sporting complexes in Melbourne.
SportsTurf conducts regular safety audits of sportsfields during the year including the assessment of surface hardness & traction. Regular audits are undertaken for Hume, Brimbank, Maroondah, Melton, Kingston & Monash councils.
Condition audits (various agronomic aspects that affect playing condition) including nutrient testing with recommendations provided on short & long term works have been conducted recently for Glen Eira, Citywide (Whittlesea), Kingston & Moonee Valley councils.
Usage reviews involve the determination of potential usage capacity and comparing this to actual usage levels to highlight over and under used sportsfields. This assists with allocating teams and minimising significant damage to the playing surface and the need for expensive repair work at the end of the season. Usage reviews have been conducted for the City of Melbourne, Brimbank, Banyule, Hills Shire Council (NSW), Hume, Glen Eira, Latrobe, Whittlesea, Frankston & Stonnington councils.
Major reviews of sportsfields to identify construction related issues & maintenance deficiencies have been undertaken for Frankston, LaTrobe, Whittlesea & Knox councils recently. Recommendations were made for long-term (capital) improvements and on how the works should be prioritised.
City of Ballarat:
Over the last couple of years the City of Ballarat has embarked on an ambitious project to redevelop a number of their regional sportsfields. The original ovals had been constructed some years ago and while they were adequate for the time, the increased use and on-going maintenance issues required an upgrade program.
SportsTurf were commissioned to undertake a site investigation which included a site survey; and then develop the redesign plans for soil profile, drainage and irrigation layouts. New turf wicket tables were included to replace the original concrete strips. The oval surfaces were grassed using couch sod, which was then oversown with ryegrass to provide a durable winter playing surface.
Eureka Stadium and its associated North Ballarat Oval were added to the program this year as part of the State Government’s commitment to upgrading Ballarat’s premier oval to provide greater spectator accommodation. The oval surface was redeveloped to match premier AFL size and shape. The Stadium surface has been completely redesigned to provide full drainage, irrigation and sand profile. Footings to allow the installation of ‘Drop-in’ wickets have also been installed. The surface of these ovals have been grassed with couch turf and overseeded with ryegrass.
SportsTurf Consultants has been pleased to work with the City of Ballarat to provide a major facility capable of hosting all football codes and cricket events to premier standard.
SportsTurf Consultants has undertaken regular benchmarking for several racecourses under the Melbourne Racing Club banner (Caulfield, Sandown & Mornington) as well as the Victorian Racing Club (Flemington).
Benchmarking involves assessing a number of agronomic (plant & soil) and environmental factors as well as laboratory testing. The data gathered is used to formulate future maintenance & renovation programs as well as highlighting potential problem areas.
Benchmarking provides the track manager with an accurate picture of the racetrack in terms of agronomy and the overall health of the turf which directly relates to its performance. Ongoing benchmarking provides historical data and measures the success of current management programs.