“It’s great to touch - and play on - the green green grass of Aldinga Oval!”
Photo courtesy of Onkaparinga Magazine April 2016
A popular southern Adelaide oval is greener and lusher, and far less bumpy, thanks to a major upgrade of its irrigation system - and 200 tonnes of fresh topsoil.
In recent years Aldinga Oval has suffered because of drier conditions, and a drop in the availability of bore water (as well as a drop in its quality).
The oval’s also been a victim of its own popularity, with more and more groups using the ground, adding to the strain on it.
Recent improvements (worth $165,000) include:
Local sports groups say the initiative has made a dramatic difference. And things will only get better: the playing surface is expected to be in peak condition once the oval has a full growing season under its belt, in autumn 2017.
The Office for Recreation and Sport contributed $85,000 to the oval upgrade, as part of its Community Recreation and Sports Facilities Program.
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