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Council to switch on sporting field lights during lockdown - Updated

Published on 13 September 2021

As part of Council’s response to the NSW Government stay-at-home orders implemented in late-June, sports field lighting has been activated at several parks across the City of Ryde to support local residents to stay active and healthy during lockdown.

From Wednesday 1 September, changes to the parks operating under this scheme will be made, meaning lights will be in operation at the following venues during the listed days and times:

Monday to Friday (5.30pm – 9pm) & Saturday/Sunday (5.30pm – 7pm)

  • Eastwood Park Lower, Eastwood
  • ELS Hall Park Field 1 and 2, North Ryde
  • North Ryde Park, North Ryde

Nonday & Tuesday (5.30pm – 9pm)

  • Meadowbank Park Netball Courts, Meadowbank

Monday to Friday (5.30pm – 9pm)

  • Marsfield Park Field 1 and 2, Marsfield 
  • Monash Park, Gladesville
  • Ryde Park Field 3, Ryde
  • Waterloo Park, Marsfield

Monday to Thursday (5.30pm – 9pm)

  • Morrison Bay Park Field 2, Putney
  • Tuckwell Park, Macquarie Park
  • Meadowbank Park Field 10, Meadowbank

All members of the public will be able to use the fields for exercise during these times provided they comply with the State Government’s stay-at-home orders that are currently in place.

City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, said Council’s decision to use the lighting available at these sporting fields 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 made this decision to give everyone the chance to safely exercise outdoors, while keeping a safe distance from others,” Clr Laxale said.

“This is an extremely difficult time for everyone. By giving residents more opportunities to exercise we are reducing the chances of community transmission of COVID-19 from occurring.”

Council staff will monitor the night-time use. If breaches of the current stay-at-home orders occur Council will consider discontinuing this initiative. 

Council Rangers will undertake regular patrols of our parks and NSW Police will be contacted in the event that any public health concerns are identified. 

Any member of the public with concerns about breaches of the current stay-at-home orders are advised to call the NSW Police on 1800 333 000.

Last updated on 13 September 2021