ORANGE District Cricket Association president Mark Frecklington says a new white picket fence at Wade Park is another step towards ensuring the ground plays host to top-flight cricket for years to come.
A staple of any suburban or bush cricket ground in the country, a picket fence was budgeted for in the original upgrade of Wade Park in 2011.
But when the cost associated with the resurfacing of the ground blew out, plans for a picket fence and new, upgraded scoreboard were put on the backburner.
With a new electronic scoreboard fully operational since the beginning of May, Mr Frecklington was pleased a new perimeter fence was now also on the way.
“I think it’s a good thing for Orange cricket. To have a ground that looks like a cricket ground, it just adds a bit extra to the association,” the ODCA president said, with work set to begin in September and plans under way to add sight screens to the ground.
“It’s obviously a cosmetic thing, but council has always indicated to me that this [fence] has been in their sights.”
Orange City Council sports and recreation committee chair, Jason Hamling, said the addition of a picket fence, however, wasn’t a move away from hosting rugby league at the venue.
“Because this project is simply replacing what’s already there, it has no impact on ongoing discussion about the future use of Wade Park by other sports,” he said.
It’s expected work on the new picket fence - set to be made out of recycled plastic, off white in colour and installed onto a metal frame - will get under way once the winter football season ends at the beginning of September.
Cr Hamling said there would be consultation with user groups like the ODCA to minimise the impact of the construction.
It’s not known yet, however, if the work will be completed before the cricket season begins.
With close to $80,000 in the budget and a meeting to be held with a local contractor this week to map out the details of the work, Cr Hamling said plans to replace the current old wire fence at Wade Park with a much-improved picket fence were moving ahead.
“The picket fence will add a lot to the beauty of Wade Park,” Cr Hamling said.