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A Spring Renovation For Albert Park To Give All Sports A Level Playing Field

10 October 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to ensure sports grounds at Albert Park are better able to withstand wear and tear.

Acting Minister for Sport and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley announced a Spring Renovation Program to ensure the Park remains one of Victoria’s best venues for local sport.

It’s all about making sure grassroots grounds are resilient, all year round. The investment will involve trialling a new, cutting edge hybrid turf that’s proving popular at venues all over the world.

Natural grass will be reinforced with artificial fibres, creating a durable playing surface that can better cope with heavy foot traffic and vehicle movements.

It means more players will be able to get on the field more quickly and play the games they love – without grounds buckling under stress.

Park users at Albert Park can sometimes face disruptions. We already work with park users to minimise inconveniences, and now we’re going further.

The Labor Government is providing $3.25 million for various upgrades at Albert Park, including:

  • Upgrading the lake wall walk
  • Installing a new lift, walkways and dedicated parking for people living with a disability
  • Upgrading the Albert Park Lake fitness trail
  • Installing new lake path lighting
  • Improving playgrounds and upgrading park furniture.

Victoria is the sporting state, and we want to stay that way. The Labor Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping clubs all over Victoria update tired grounds and build the facilities they need.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Sport and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley

“Albert Park is one of Victoria’s great locations for fun, fitness and grassroots sport. We’re taking action to ensure it remains that way for good.”

“Thousands of players use the park each week. That’s why we’re making the grounds more durable to heavy traffic and wear and tear.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“Families flock to Albert Park every day to enjoy its beautiful natural surrounds. It’s a great place to have fun and enjoy an active lifestyle.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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