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Council to switch on sporting field lights

Published on 13 May 2020

The lights at popular sporting fields in the City of Ryde will be switched on weeknights to help members of the community stay active and adhere to social distancing measures during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Under the trial being undertaken by the City of Ryde, lights will be in operation between 5pm and 8pm, Monday to Friday at the following fields:

  • Eastwood Park Upper, Eastwood
  • ELS Hall Park Field 1 and 3, North Ryde
  • Marsfield Park Field 1, Marsfield
  • Medowbank Park Field 9, Meadowbank 
  • North Ryde Park, North Ryde
  • Ryde Park Field 1, Ryde 
  • Westminster Park, Gladesville 

In addition, lights will be in operation between 5pm and 8pm Monday to Thursday at the following fields:

  • Meadowbank Park Netball Courts, Meadowbank
  • Morrison Bay Park Fields 4 and 5, Putney
  • Waterloo Park, Marsfield 

All members of the public will be able to use the fields for exercise during these times provided they comply with strict social distancing measures introduced by the Federal Government to help limit the spread of COVID-19.  

Under current social distancing measures, people are allowed to exercise in public spaces in groups of no more than two people. 

City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, said the trial would provide the community with more options and access to open space, while also reducing the number of people using the parks during daylight hours.  

“Council has launched this trial to give everyone in the community the chance to safely exercise outdoors, while keeping a safe distance from others,” Clr Laxale said.

“While there have been some minor breaches, we are generally happy with the way our community has embraced social distancing measures. This trial will allow more in our community to get much needed exercise, however, Council staff will monitor the night time use. If social distancing measures are flouted, we will be forced to turn off the lights.

“I would like to thank Clr Penny Pedersen who lobbied for the trial to be undertaken.”

Council’s Rangers will undertake patrols at the five parks throughout the duration of the trial to ensure social distancing measures are being complied with.

Anyone with concerns about breaches of social distancing guidelines are advised to call the NSW Police on 1800 333 000. 

Last updated on 13 May 2020