Hornsby Shire Council is currently giving Montview Oval in Hornsby Heights a major make-over that includes new irrigation and a new playing surface.
The playing surface is being installed using a method known as chaffing, which means small fragments of grass are spread across the ground to take root.
“This is a very effective process that’s also far cheaper than buying turf rolls – $20,000 instead of $180,000,” Hornsby Shire Mayor Steve Russell said.
“We’re very proud of the hard work Council’s staff have put into finding this creative and cost-saving solution.”
The chaff was sourced from the sportsground at a private school and it is expected the ground will be back in use by the end of March.
“The rain over the past few days has slowed the work down a little, but we’re not complaining because it’s actually a godsend and will significantly help the new grass grow.”
Montview Oval is one of the Shire’s largest and most important recreation parks, including two cricket pitches, four soccer fields, tennis and netball courts, a playground and a BMX track.