A lighting upgrade at Rushcutters Bay’s Reg Bartley Oval will allow local groups, athletes and schools to safely use the popular oval at night.
The work will bring the oval’s light levels up to Australian Standards, a move that has been warmly welcomed by local soccer clubs.
The existing picket fence around the oval will be rebuilt with more durable material, while new LED lights along the pedestrian walkway on the eastern canal side of the oval will improve safety.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the upgrade was part of ongoing work to improve safety and accessibility in the City’s sporting facilities, parks and open spaces.
“The new lights and fencing around Reg Bartley Oval will increase visibility at night and improve safety for the school children, sporting groups, pedestrians and locals who use the park,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Even in the dark of winter Sydneysiders should have the space and facilities to get active and get outdoors.”
The project, which is scheduled to start in mid-2014, aims to reduce the long-term maintenance needs of the oval fence and lighting and to improve the overall quality and safety of the facility.
Local sports club Maccabi Hakoah FC have used the oval for more than 20 years, and CEO Michael Vasin said the upgrades would make playing soccer in the evenings safer and easier for their teams.
“This is a beautiful facility and we have been proud to be one of its longest users. The lights have always been on the dull side so the upgrade shows Council is listening and is taking positive action,” Mr Vasin said.
“This will make a tremendous difference to our training and will complement all the earlier good work at the oval with the new upgrade of sheds and facilities.”
The public exhibition of the project plan will be available for three weeks in mid-2013 on the City’s website and at the Kings Cross Neighbourhood Service Centre for community feedback.
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