The Nuriootpa oval has undergone a major upgrade, the first on the oval since 1959.
Over the past few years the amount of sporting traffic has increased from two football teams in 1959 to 10 teams today, plus Auskick.
Due to the wear and tear the oval needs to be repair and the installation of additional drainage.
The total cost of the project is just over $70,000.
Following professional advice from former curator of the Adelaide oval, Les Burdett, the Nuriootpa Centennial Park Authority, together with the support of the football and cricket clubs, applied for funds to upgrade the oval surface and improve drainage.
The grant covered 50% of the project cost and the Nuriootpa Centennial Park Authority funded the remaining balance.
The work was carried out by Belair Turf who also worked on the upgrade of the Angaston, Tanunda and Lyndoch ovals.
Member for Schubert Ivan Venning was pleased to present the grant cheque to Mr Ian Klaebe, Secretary of the Nuriootpa Centennial Park Authority.
“We are really grateful for this grant funding that has allowed the oval to be upgraded, ” Mr Klaebe said.
“We hope it will be a great improvement to the condition of the oval and the playing surface.”
The Nuriootpa oval will not be used for the next few weeks but will be ready to take part in the SAPSASA national cricket carnival in the Barossa during December.