Ku-ring-gai Council is considering converting Rofe Park – also known as Mimosa Sportsground – into a synthetic turf field to keep pace with local sporting demands.
The proposal will be on public exhibition for comment from Wednesday 7 August until Tuesday 17 September.
The plan to install a synthetic surface field is part of a wider response by the Council to the increasing participation in local sports and the associated wear and tear on grass fields.
If the proposed synthetic field goes ahead it would be used primarily for soccer, with some capacity for other sports such as cricket and touch football.
Council had originally investigated converting Norman Griffiths Oval at West Pymble to a synthetic field. However as the Oval is a flood prone area, this project is no longer viable.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said Rofe Park was chosen as an alternative site due to its proximity to other nearby parks and its accessibility.
“The Council recognises that the local community needs accessible and versatile sportsfields for people of all ages”, Mayor Anderson said.
“Parks and sportsfields with synthetic turf allow year-round activity on safe and resilient surfaces and reduce the likelihood of closure due to wet weather”.
If the proposal meets with community support, the Council will enter into a partnership with the Northern Suburbs Football Association and West Pymble Football Club, both of which have obtained around $900,000 in government grants towards the project, expected to cost around $1.5 million.
Comments on the proposed synthetic field can be made on Council's website until Tuesday 17 September.
The results of the public consultation will be reported to Council later this year.
Media enquiries: Sally Williams, Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982 or email@example.com