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McKay Fields 2 & 3 Upgrades

McKay Sports Fields 2 and 3 are heavily used and the community rely on their availability and safe use for organised sport and passive recreation. The fields currently do not have proper drainage and irrigation to support good turf management.

Construction of in-ground irrigation and drainage systems is underway, to improve the quality of the playing fields for organised sport and community use.

  • Project: McKay Fields 2 and 3 Upgrades

  • Location: Grand Drive, near Randwick Gates, Centennial Parklands

  • Project timing: 20 September 2021 to end of April 2022

  • Project owner: Greater Sydney Parklands

Project description 

McKay Fields 2 and 3 is currently being upgraded to improve safety, usability, drainage and longevity.

Works will include:

  • A new subsurface drainage system
  • Automatic irrigation system
  • Regrade and new playing field – complete returfing of the fields
  • Synthetic pitch replacement
  • Reconfiguration of the fields to provide full size soccer, rugby and cricket fields.



Project timing 

Works will start on Monday 20 September 2021 and forecast to be completed by April 2022. Returfing of the fields has taken longer than expected but should be open in time for the start of the winter season. 

Activity Timing
Site Survey and Establishment, including fencing Sep 2021
Drainage and irrigation works  Oct 2021 - Mid Nov 2021
Turf Installation and establishment and new cricket pitch   Mid Nov 2021 onwards
Construction complete and fields reopen  April 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will I still be able to walk across the fields or use them for passive recreation?

No, due to the nature of the works, the fields will be unavailable for the length of construction. The fields will be fenced for community safety. The remaining sporting fields in Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park are available for community use when not being used for organised sport.

2. Will the fields be able to be used for cricket over summer?

No, the fields will be closed over summer, with regular users provided with alternate fields to use. 

3. The fields seem to have been closed for a long time with no much happening? When are the fields going to reopen? 

There have been delays to the project due to COVID and the returfing works have taken longer to establish than previously anticipation. We are hopeful the fields will be open for the busy winter season, so by April 2022. 

The upgrade is worth the wait as it will improve the playing surface, amenity and longevity of the fields to ensure they can be enjoyed by the community well into the future.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hestiate to contact us.