ARLINGTON RECREATION RESERVE • SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA • LIGATURF • 10 September 2014 – Polytan
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Arlington Reserve is a popular playing field in Dulwich Hill.
During the Summer Season (September–March) the playing field is used on average for four hours per week. In the Winter Season (April–August) it is used an average of 22 hours per week.
Council proposed upgrading Arlington Oval using a synthetic surface in 2009 due to the unplayable condition of the turf field and high ongoing maintenance costs.
Following extensive community consultation, Council resolved not to proceed with the artificial surface. Instead, it endorsed the full reconstruction of Arlington Oval´s playing field including laying new sports-quality turf grass, state-of-the art grading and levelling, and a new drainage and irrigation system.
Despite these efforts and ongoing maintenance, the condition of the playing field has deteriorated, resulting in the same hazardous playing conditions. Council has revisited the issue as it needs to achieve a sustainable alternative.
In the 2010 winter season Dulwich Hill Football Club moved all scheduled home games from Arlington Oval for the second half of the season to alternate grounds as the surface was deemed unsafe for use due to the lack of grass coverage.
Marrickville Council wrote to residents around Arlington Oval in December 2012, advising of a Council decision to further investigate turf options, and seek expert opinion on the health, environmental, heritage and social/urban impacts. Council also resolved to conduct more frequent patrols of surrounding streets and lanes to enforce parking restrictions and will monitor dog faeces on the pitch.
In 2014 Marrickville Council awarded STI the works to upgrade the facility from natural turf to synthetic.  The project was completed in July 2014.

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