Blackman Park Construction Works
Construction is underway for two new synthetic fields at the eastern end of Blackman Park. The new fields will not only reduce the closure of fields during wet weather but also increase the number of hours that the fields can be accessed by local sporting clubs. Local soccer, cricket, rugby and touch football clubs will all benefit from the new fields when completed later this year. A new track around the perimeter od the entire park will also provide an opportunity for members of the community to enjoy walking and running along boardwalks and shared pathways.
Four new cricket nets are proposed for the western end in partnership with Lane Cove Cricket Club. Council has also partnered with Lane Cove Scouts to deliver a new Scout Hall and amenities building to serve the fields. Construction of the building is expected to commence mid-year. Council will also be investing in a central control for sports field lighting which will remove the need for lights to be manually controlled and in turn reduce energy consumption across the grounds.
This month has involved a lot of inclement weather however filling works for the playing fields are now almost complete and are on track to be finalised by the first week of May.
Two of the concrete pours for the slab have been completed, with two more to be completed shortly. along with a third slab section in early May. The contractors have continued with the drainage work and have all but completed laying the pipes.
The filling works are now three quarters complete with the works progressing on to the bottom half of the playing fields. The piling contractor has completed approximately 70 piles. Due to the recent rains the first pour of the concrete slab has been delayed however, in lieu of the first slab pour the contractor has commenced installing the drainage lines and continued the pouring of the pile caps.
The bulk earthworks and laying of geofabric has been completed and the remainder of the creek works will now be on hold until the playing fields are completed.
The filling of the top half of the fields is now complete and pilling works have commenced. The concrete slab will be poured in 16 pours with the first concrete pour commencing in two weeks.
The bulk earth works for the creek are almost complete and a protective layer of geofabric has been laid on the lower half of the creek for silt control. Geofabric will be laid on the upper half in the next week. The bulk excavation for the wetland area has also been completed and the geofabric will be laid soon.
Construction works for the synthetic playing surface at Blackman Park commenced on 6 January 2014.The contractor is currently importing fill to bring the oval up to the design sub-base level of the new fields. This process is expected to take 6 weeks to complete.
Work has also commenced on the new creek system and the major excavation works should be completed in the next three weeks.
Access is to Blackman Park is unavailable from Penrose Street or any other south-side access, this will be reviewed as work progresses.
Periodic updates will be provided during the course of the works via this link.
Please refer to the following links for background information.