Rologas Playing Fields, Armidale
The upgrade of the Rologas sporting fields is part of a $1.2 million refurbishment of the sporting facility by Armidale Regional Council. The Council, in association with the Armidale Sports Council, earmarked the Rologas Sporting Fields for significant upgrades to the playing surface and associated infrastructure. The facility, between Marsh and Taylor Streets, is the most utilised sporting venue for cricket, soccer and touch football. Once completed, the venue has the potential to attract regional sporting competitions to the city, according to Armidale Councilor and Sports Council member, Colin Gadd.
Green Horticulture started rehabilitation works late in 2015, rectifying subsoil drainage problems, extensive surface undulations and an uneven overall surface gradient.
The fields are located next to the Dumaresq Creek and the first part of the project was to erect temporary fencing as well as silt fencing. The existing field surface was sprayed out (excluding the centre turf wicket block) and the irrigation system was either folded or heads capped.
When the plant material had died the field was ripped to relieve compaction before a Blecavator was used at a depth of 200mm. The soils were heavy river type soils which had to be perfectly dry to work with. GHG carried out cut and fill, and laser levelled the existing soil using GPS to achieve a cross fall of about 1.4 per cent. The existing cricket wicket table came within that specification.
The irrigation was reinstalled and renovated where required with new heads. 33,000m2 of kikuyu turf in maxi rolls were sourced from Richmond, NSW Turf laying started in late March with about 3,000-4,000m2 laid each day. The appropriate fertilisers and growth promotants were applied.
Since the turf was laid slit drainage has been installed and the field has been top dressed with 10mm and overseeded with Regenerator ryegrass.