The two rugby league fields at Batemans Bay’s Mackay Park are set for a makeover.
The sportsground will be closed until early February while Eurobodalla Council rebuilds both fields in readiness for the 2018 playing season.
Earthworks are underway this week to reshape the fields so they drain off to each of the corners, making for a more durable and level playing surface.
The smaller field will be enlarged to regulation-size, allowing Batemans Bay to host multi-game competitions on two full-sized fields for the first time.
Once earthworks are complete by the end of November, the field closest to the clubhouse will be surfaced with 11,000 square metres of turf.
The newly enlarged field will be ‘sprigged’, a style of turfing that achieves the same outcome with less turf. Sprigs, or small pieces of turf, are planted in rows and over a short growing period, join up to become a hard-wearing playing surface.
Council has been in touch with the Batemans Bay Tigers rugby league club committee to provide details about the refurbishment and closure.
This work will be complete in time for the 2018 playing season and the Red Hot Summer tour on Saturday 3 February.
Above: Council is rebuilding the rugby league fields at Mackay Park in Batemans Bay to improve the playing surface and increase the smaller field to regulation size.