Area to score synthetic pitch

2017-09-12 06:01

Around R5m has been earmarked for the installation of a second synthetic soccer pitch in Ocean View.

There is currently a five-a-side synthetic soccer pitch at Ocean View sports complex. A full-sized synthetic pitch is now also planned there, says JP Smith, Mayco member for safety, security and social services.

“It was planned in the previous financial year that a pitch would be installed in the 2017/18 financial year. The tender for the installation of the pitch closed at the end of July. The evaluation phase is currently ­underway.

“The project start date is mid-January 2018 and it is envisaged to be completed by the end of September 2018,” he says.

The current pitch is used for informal games and practise. The full-sized pitch can be used for formal matches and league games, Smith says.

“The popularity of soccer in Ocean View and the lack of available land for additional soccer fields meant that a synthetic soccer pitch offered the best solution.

“This pitch will go a long way towards alleviating the burden on the existing soccer fields in the area.”

Sporting needs“Artificial grass pitches are a solution to the land constraints which hinder the development of more playing surfaces at sports facilities,” he says.

“They provide an innovative and sustainable solution that has enabled the City of Cape Town to better meet the ever-growing needs of the sporting community. Not only can artificial turfs be used far more often, but they also require less ongoing maintenance so the costs are lower. This makes these pitches a sound long-term investment for our communities,” Smith says.

As the province faces an ongoing water crisis, the synthetic pitch holds added benefits, Smith says.

“An artificial turf can be used for seven days a week, all year round, whereas a grass pitch can only be used for an average of eight hours per week and not in wet and rainy conditions, otherwise expensive rehabilitation is required,” he says.

“With the current drought conditions in Cape Town, many of our grassed pitches had to be closed in order to manage the playing surfaces impacted by the drought crisis and the expectations of the sporting codes. Artificial turf requires much less maintenance and does not require any watering so these pitches can be used on an ongoing basis.”

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