Loftus Recreation Centre gives outdoor synthetic soccer pitch red card

Loftus Recreation Centre.
Loftus Recreation Centre.

THE outdoor synthetic soccer pitch at Loftus Recreation Centre has been given the red card after extensive water damage.

City of Vincent is set to spend more than $41,000 to replace the turf, which accommodates about 18,000 users, after poor drainage issues at the facility and a broken pipe under the surface caused the pitch to last only six years.

Installed in 2012, the pitch was expected to last until 2022.

Complaints to management by users about the poor quality of the surface have been on the rise throughout the last 12 months.

Council will decide on the expense at the April 4 meeting.

Mayor Emma Cole said if approved, works would commence in April and would be completed “as quickly as possible to minimise disruption for Centre users”.

The City has already throughout the past few months upgraded the drainage system by installing six new soak-wells and improving the stormwater collection drain that runs along its periphery.

“The quality of the playing surface had been gradually deteriorating over the two to three years, but we only discovered the cause of this being the broken pipework over the past 12 months,” she said.

Centre manager Daniel Webb said “the vast majority of the teams” would play on the indoor soccer court while works are done.

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