The soccer pitch at Clifton Park was last upgraded in 2013. It is now at the end of its lifecycle and is becoming unsafe for users.

As we upgrade the synthetic pitch, we will be embracing environmentally friendly practices. This aligns with the Merri-bek sports field policy framework.

Key considerations when choosing the new surface

We are preferencing products made partially from recycled materials like insitu or preforma shockpad.

  • Through the design and construction phases, we will aim to recycle or reuse existing materials.
  • In the new pitch we will utilise environmentally sustainable materials and elements. Certain elements, like shockpad and sand infill, are designed to be reused for at least 25 years
  • The current surface will be reused where appropriate. If required, the surface will be recycled at Australia’s first synthetic Turf Recycling Hub in 2025.

The new surface will use a dual yarn system (monofilament and tape) to:

  • Capture the infill effectively
  • Reduce ball splash and infill migration
  • Extend the life expectancy of the organic infill
  • Lower the surface temperature and meet durability requirements.

Organic infill will be used to:

  • Lower the surface temperature by around 30%
  • Reduce Urban Heat Island effects
  • Minimise microplastic pollution on the field
  • Allow for reuse at the end of its life
  • Decrease the overall carbon footprint.

Preference will be given to synthetic manufactured in Australia. This will reduce carbon emissions from transportation.

Our decision making framework

This diagram shows the process we follow when making decisions about our sportsground surfaces. Click on the spots to learn more about each step.

 circular flowchart that shows the headings for each step of the decision making process