Recently In the Cove has received many complaints about the Blackman Park Lane Cove “turf” ovals known as Ovals B3 and B4. They are currently quite dusty and dirty to play on.
In September of each year Lane Cove Council undertakes works on their sporting grounds for the upcoming season.
Commencing 17 September 2018, a major renovation of ovals B3 & B4 will be undertaken to improve the long-term usability of the grounds. It will also allow for a full length AFL field and two new full-size cricket wickets that will replace the existing one.
There are a number of stages to the works including:
- Spraying of grass and weeds to prepare the surface;
- Reprofiling to improve the playing surface;
- Construction of two cricket pitches to expand capacity;
- Installation of irrigation and drainage to improve playing surface longevity; and
- Laying new turf including allowing time for it to establish for sport use in 2019.
During this renovation period there will be no access to the lower ovals and cricket nets – access to the path and playgrounds will be maintained. The upgrade to the ovals is anticipated to be completed by January 2019.
Following the completion of the upgrade, a new fenced dog park will be constructed to provide additional off-leash exercise space. Off-leash use of the ovals will remain when sporting activities are not in progress.
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