MAYOR Jerome Laxale kicked a goal with the City of Ryde’s youngest footballers at the opening of the new all weather synthetic turf football field at Christie Park in Macquarie Park last Friday.
Junior footballers from Gladesville Hornsby Football Association teams the Ryde Magic, Gladesville Ravens and the North West Sydney Koalas were at the opening ceremony and challenged the Mayor to a penalty shoot out.
“The new facilities at Christie Park will revolutionise the sporting infrastructure here in Ryde,” he said.
“As we have seen with ELS Hall, synthetic pitches leads to less sporting fixtures being called off due to adverse weather events and ensures that sport can continue to be played all year round,” Clr Laxale said.
“I would encourage everyone to come to Christie Park for the grand opening to see the new facilities first-hand that are now available for local sporting teams to take advantage of.”
He described Christie Park as one of the most popular sporting venues in the City of Ryde and said he is thrilled the new synthetic pitch will host home fixtures for local clubs within the area.
“The two new sports fields at Christie Park are the first FIFA-accredited synthetic fields in the City of Ryde, and will guarantee consistent playing surfaces 365 days a year,” he said.
“In addition to the all-weather synthetic sports fields at Christie Park, a new tiered seating section for 500 spectators has also been installed and one metre high perimeter fencing introduced around both fields.”
Cork has been used as the infill layer to provide cooler playing conditions, while netting can be found at the rear of the field to prevent balls from entering the adjacent Lane Cove National Park.
Christie Park is located at 12 Christie Road, Macquarie Park, opposite Macquarie University.