Linda Vidler Park sports field to close temporarily for drainage work


From 31 July the sports field at Linda Vidler Park at Suffolk Park will be closed for around eight weeks to allow Council to do an upgrade to the surface as well as drainage improvements.

The aim of the project is to improve the drainage across the entire park to allow the area to recover more quickly from rain events.

Currently the drainage is so poor that it can take weeks for sections of the park to dry out and during these times the community is unable to use some of the different facilities.

“Thanks to $495,600 in funding from the NSW Government’s Sports Priority Needs Program, we are able to do this work with the overall goal being to minimise, where possible, the impact of rain on this park which can get very wet and boggy for long periods of time,” Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, said.

The work will involve:

  • Drainage work around the park near the community garden and the pump track.
  • Installation of sub-surface drainage on the sports field.
  • Top dressing of the sports field.

Access will be limited to some sections of Linda Vidler Park, including the sports field, pump track and the community garden, at different times.

Staff have discussed the project with the community garden committee and the football club.

Information about the improvements to Linda Vidler Park are on Council’s website.


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