Forestville War Memorial and Melwood Playing Fields Project


Melwood Oval

Melwood Synthetic Sportsfields

The synthetic sportsfields will deliver premier all-weather facilities. The fields were officially opened in August, 2015.

This first class regional facility will cater for most sports including a combination football/Rugby Union field with permanent line marking for both sports, a dedicated football field, a full size AFL field, senior cricket field, Oz-tag, touch football and many other sports. The facility will also provide four new cricket nets and an centre cricket wicket that is removed during the winter season and replaced with synthetic grass.

Besides being all-weather the benefits of the facility include:

  • field will not deteriorate during the season
  • can handle up to three times the use of a natural turf field
  • high quality surface that encourages high-skill use
  • eliminates fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides entering Middle Harbour catchment.

While the synthetic sportsfield will have a small fence to keep balls in and dogs out, there will be no security fencing making the facility very accessible for anyone who wishes to kick the ball, go for a run or undertake other recreational pursuits.

ANZAC War Memorial Path

A Memorial Path, including landscaping and the installation of memorial plaques has been completed. The memorial pathway was built by Warringah Council with the assistance of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grant to Forestville RSL Playing Fields Community Committee and the Forestville RSL Sub Branch. The plaques educate the community on battles that our soldiers fought in during WWI, including Somme, Ypres and Gallipoli and lesser known Australian activities including the campaign in Palestine.

War Memorial Rugby Field

Works are underway during October and November to improve the drainage, including:

Installation of a sand slit drainage system across the entire field - this will facilitate improved drainage performance across the field. 
Earthquaking process - this will reduce the soil compaction to improve the horticultural characteristics of the soil.
Fertilising the field to provide optimum nutrition for grass growth.
Remove the poorly draining soil in the northern in-goal area and replace with a free draining soil.  This area will also receive additional sand slits to improve drainage before being returfed.
Heavy top dress over entire field.