THE sound of bouncing basketballs and screeching sneakers will soon return to Longfield Park in Quirindi, as upgrades on the netball and basketball courts are completed.
Works are expected to be completed by the end of the month, which will come as a relief to officials for the sports such as Quirindi Netball Association vice-president Kim Brett-Moore.
She stated after years of dodging the old, grass courts, the new synthetics would be happily welcomed.
"This has been a long time coming and we are super grateful that the courts look close to finishing," she said.
"We haven't played a ladies comp on the old grass courts since winter 2015, junior Net Set Go was heavily modified after that to be indoors and hasn't run since winter 2018.
"Adults don't like playing on the grass courts because they are slippery, have burrs and get rained out regularly during the season, we have never had outside lighting so that will make a big difference to availably after work hours."
Brett-Moore also thanked the local basketball association for instigating the project.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM, has been following the progress of the upgrades and is pleased with how the park is looking.
He also stated the changes that have been made will be of great benefit to the community in the long-term.
"The precinct looks really good with the synthetic courts having been laid, the whole project will be completed following the erection of a couple of gates, posts for the nets and complimentary landscaping," he said.
"The shire has many keen basketball and netball players, and these new courts will provide better facilities for them to enjoy their chosen sport."
The upgrades are part of a broader sporting infrastructure investment program developed through the LPS Recreational Strategy, which will also see the Milner Parade Tennis Courts, Longfield Oval and the Golland Fields receive facelifts.
Funding for the netball and basketball court works have come courtesy of the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities program, which contributed $415,000, and the Salvation Army who provided $160,000.