Park facilities to get upgrade

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Worn cricket pitches will be replaced.
Camera IconWorn cricket pitches will be replaced.

Worn cricket nets and pitches in Centennial and Collingwood parks will be renovated under a City of Albany plan.

The plan, which relies on the Federal Government approving an $88,000 grant application, would see the centre wickets and nets replaced at both sport grounds.

The City is expected to spend another $87,000 on the upgrades.

Inspection has revealed wire had broken away from the nets at Centennial Park, and big holes in the netting and on artificial turf at Collingwood Park.

“The proposed upgrades will greatly enhance and refresh this ageing infrastructure to support existing high-volume junior and senior cricket participation at all levels in Albany and the Great Southern region,” City recreation services manager Samantha Stevens said.

Albany Cricket Association president Terry Eaton said the upgrades were overdue.

“The ones at Collingwood Park and Railways ... we’ve been patching (them) up for a while,” he said.

Mr Eaton said Albany had taken strides to improve its sports grounds in recent years, with Centennial Park Western Precinct getting a new pavilion, three turf pitches, a new outfield and training nets.

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