Football is set to make its long awaited return to Proctor Park on Friday, following the completion of the $2.6 million redevelopment of three playing fields.
Fields have been reshaped, new drainage and irrigation has been installed and couch turf has been laid, a special grass that lies dormant during winter, with rye grass sown over during winter to keep the grass green.
Bathurst deputy mayor Bobby Burke said the redevelopment of the fields have been long overdue.
“This is a significant capital investment into the continued future growth and development of soccer in the local community and in the region,” Cr Bourke said.
“The conditions of the old fields were shocking but now we have fields that’ll be the envy of all soccer fields in the Central West.”
Bathurst District Football president Andrew Speed said all the local players are really keen to get out onto the new fields.
And it’s not just the representative or first grade teams that’ll be using the new fields.
“All teams in all grades should get at least one run on the new fields,” he said.
Over 2,500 players are registered to play football in the Bathurst District Football.
Panorama FC Red will host Lithgow Workies at 6pm on Friday night, in the first game at the new field one.