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SPORT & RECREATION
The opening of the new Youth Activity Space at
the Len T Frazer Reserve last month was a true
celebration with live music, a graffiti wall and
skate demonstrations entertaining a big crowd.
The new space features a powered performance
area, seating and half court basketball area.
Located at the home of skating in Ballarat, all
the elements at the Youth Activity Centre are
The $125,000 Youth Activity Space was
funded by the City of Ballarat and the Federal
Government's Regional and Local Community
Len T Frazer Youth Space
Ballarat's baseball and softball players
will have an impressive new diamond at
the homefields at Prince of Wales Park.
The first pitch was thrown at the new
marquee baseball diamond, under
international standard lighting, on
17 March. The field was highly praised
when Ballarat hosted the 16th Victorian
Masters Baseball Carnival in April.
The project will support the continued
growth of baseball in Ballarat and will
assist in attracting high quality events to
Funding for the $750,000 project was
provided by the City of Ballarat, Sport
and Recreation Victoria and the Ballarat
baseball community. On top of this, a
$133,000 power upgrade was completed
to further improve the precinct.
The City of Ballarat's contribution is
part of a rollout of funding for sporting
precincts including other works at the
Prince of Wales Recreation Reserve to
the hockey precinct, car park, pathways,
lighting and bicycle racks.
Baseball in Ballarat was relocated to
Prince of Wales Park in the 1980s
bringing together all clubs that were
playing across Ballarat for the benefit of
On time and on budget, the newly resurfaced
Eastern Oval will be home to Ballarat Football
& Netball League (BFNL) action this season.
East Point Football Netball Club will play all
its BFNL 2012 season home games on the
state-of-the-art surface, kicking off with a
Round 3 game against Redan on Sunday 6 May.
The $240,000 turf resurfacing project was
funded by the City of Ballarat and the works
were completed by contractors Independent
Turf Services. Council thanks the Ballarat
Cricket Association, the BFNL and all associated
sporting clubs for their co-operation during the
development of the project.
Over the next 12 months, use of the ground will be
managed to make sure the surface will remain in
first-class condition for the next 15 years.
Building a Better Eastern Oval
The Eastern Oval is the City of Ballarat's premium
regional cricket facility and provides an excellent
surface for football due to its sand construction.
The Eastern Oval turf project included the
removal of the upper root-zone (50 to 70mm)
and the replacement with clean sand and couch
grass to create a free draining, resilient, drought
The turf, similar to Eureka Stadium, was
oversown with rye grass (a cool season grass)
in April. This is an additional protective layer for
the establishing couch grass and allows another
turf system to establish well in Ballarat's winter
New State-of-the-Art Surface at Eastern Oval
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