Richmond to replace Minoru Oval artificial turf
09 July 2020
The City of Richmond, this week, has started preparations to replace the artificial turf at its popular Minoru Oval sports field. The project, which entails resurfacing 10,000 square metres (107,639 square feet) of field, will slightly affect the use of the surrounding Minoru track during construction. The resurfacing will be complete in September 2020.
The first step is site preparations and construction fencing. For the duration of the work:
- A plywood bridge surface will be installed across the eight track lanes next to the grandstand to allow heavy equipment to enter and exit the work zone from the east side of the track.
- This plywood bridge surface will prevent walkers and runners from being able to walk around the entire track.
- As a result, the remaining track surface will be divided into a one-way course as follows:
- People will proceed in a counter clockwise direction in four lanes, then the course turns around (at the plywood bridge near the grandstand) to proceed in four lanes in a clockwise direction.
- Signage, fencing and directional arrows have been added to ensure people are able to continue to use the track surface while maintaining physical distancing. Signs have been posted around the track and field showing the one-way routes that are to be followed.
Minoru Oval is one of Richmond’s busiest sport fields, usually used daily for a variety of training and events. The existing field surface is 12 years old and has exceeded the typical life span for an artificial turf field, which is generally up to 10 years. At that point, the turf layer and shock absorbency start to breakdown due to wear and tear.
The replacement work will include the addition of a new shock pad (shock absorbance under layer) to provide long term shock impact attenuation (absorbing impact energy when running.) The existing infill will also be replaced with a new thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) infill, which is suggested to be a cleaner alternative to recycled rubber tire granules.
The project is weather dependent, so could experience some delays if it rains more than usual this summer.
The City will provide updates on the project on our social media channels. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-244-1208.