Yarra Ranges Council
Synthetic Turf | Soccer
Esther Park is the home of the Mooroolbark Soccer Club, which was established in 1962 (then Mooroolbark United), and fields men’s, women’s, boys and girls teams. Prior to the redevelopment, the facility consisted of a natural turf field used for the senior teams, and a large natural turf area used for the junior teams which was unirrigated and had no drainage infrastructure.
The redevelopment resulted in converting the poorly serviced natural turf area into a large 100m x 90m synthetic grass tablet. The line markings on the synthetic field allowed the pitch to be divided into:
Displacement of microplastics from the synthetic surface was a critical element for this project. The proposed synthetic pitch was directly adjacent to a creek, and the drainage point of discharge was into the creek. Council was committed to providing a design that ensures no microplastics migration and, therefore, the design needed to meet this requirement.
Artificial or synthetic turf is becoming more prevalent for Field of Play surface. It is considered for reducing maintenance costs, water costs, providing more hours of use, and can tolerate bad weather better than natural turf.
On the other hand, more and more people are living in homes with small to no backyards and they rely on Council sports grounds for their kids to be active outdoors. Urban densification places some of our existing Fields of Play under unsustainable stress and strain.
Interested about learning how to minimise the risk of microplastics leaving the Field of Play?
Our design included the following key features to curtail microplastics from being washed into the downstream during a storm event:
The completed synthetic pitch will be a great asset for the community and will enable the club to attract new players. With a large goal storage to safely lock away the goals when not in use and the synthetic tablet will allow a high level of flexibility to cater for all levels of use.
Melba Ward Councilor Terry Avery said: "the new surface at Esther Park is vital to be able to continue the positive momentum of the growing sports participation in the area. This project has been community driven so it's fantastic to see their passion rewarded with a playing surface that will benefit all who use it."