Wattie Watson Oval reconstruction

We’re upgrading your oval to deliver a safe and robust playing surface into the future.

Location

Elwood Park, Elwood

Cost

This project is funded by Sport and Recreation Victoria through the Community Sports infrastructure grants, with additional funding through the Australian Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

Milestones

Why are we doing this?

This project forms part of the ongoing program of playing surface renewals at Port Phillip sports grounds to meet standards required for current and future participation levels.

Following the recent upgrade of the pavilion, Wattie Watson Oval continues to grow as a popular playing surface and venue for sports clubs.

We anticipate that local population increase and continued use of the site will test the ground’s durability over time.

Sports grounds must be designed to accommodate existing and predicted high levels of sport participation as well as broader community use. Therefore, this renewal project addresses the additional demand from junior sports clubs and the rapidly growing women’s sports sector into the future.

The sports ground will be reconstructed to include sub-surface drainage, a suitable soil profile, irrigation and warm-season turf. This will deliver a safe, compliant and quality sports field that meets current and projected future demand.

The impact

During reconstruction, Wattie Watson Oval will be closed for six months.

We are working with the sports clubs that use this site to make alternative arrangements to ensure they can continue to train and compete during the construction period.

The project must be undertaken in the summer months where there is lower rainfall and temperatures are ideal for turf supply and establishment.

Objectives

LRCI-funded projects aim to deliver infrastructure and public space changes that will help us improve safety, access and amenity throughout our City.

The reconstruction at Wattie Watson Oval includes:

  • a new soil profile and laser-levelling.
  • installation of sub-surface drainage and a new irrigation system.
  • installation of new warm-season turf.

The project will deliver the following improvements:

  • an improved playing surface able to accommodate increased use, increased participation including junior and women's clubs, and reducing the risk of injury
  • lower maintenance costs by reducing wear and tear and irrigation costs
  • environmental improvements by reducing water consumption (using warm-season turf)
  • slight re-orientation of playing surface to improve oval shape
  • improved integration with the pavilion.

Next steps

The public tender for this project closed in July 2021.

Tender submissions are currently being reviewed. A contractor is expected to be appointed in September with a construction commencement date proposed for October following the conclusion of the winter sports season.