Dickson District Playing Fields is located in Antill Street just 15 minutes from Belconnen Town Centre. It is also one of the highest use grounds in Canberra with not only Athletics but also Soccer, Rugby, Ultimate, OzTag and Cricket sharing the oval.
The dedicated athletics field features a separate 100m and 400m track, three long jump pits with synthetic run-ups and throwing areas including one discus cage and four shot put circles.
For more information contact Little Athletics ACT.
Work has begun this week on refurbishing the Pavilion at Charnwood District Playing Fields (Belconnen). The project includes a complete overall of the Canteen Area, two new change rooms and showers, storage areas and toilet facilities.
Sport and Recreation Services have also promised to paint an athletics themed mural on the building following representations from the Ginninderra Tigers. The new design may even have input from Belconnen artist and ANU artist Brooke Jarvis who has already contributed to the local athletics community with her rendition of Aroara the Tiger.
The fresh colourful mural will add interest and promote athletics to the local community.
The new pavilion further enhances the facilities at Charnwood Oval for athletics training and competition. This latest investment builds upon significant facilities development in the provision of safety discus cages, full-sized jumping pits, easy-lift hurdles and timing gates already available at the Oval.
This welcome work further demonstrates the ACT Government’s support for Athletics in Belconnen by enhancing Charnwood Oval’s reputation as the premier facility for amateur sport in the north of Canberra. In the last two years the Government has invested over $500,000 in Charnwood Oval including restoring the field and now giving the pavilion a much needed facelift.
The project follows other investments for North Canberra athletes including the brand new athletics throwing facility at Campbell Neighbourhood Oval off Vasey Crescent.
The Track is ringed by training lights and the ground has been coverted to synthetic grass. The running surface crosses over the nearby Football pitch and is only 300m long. There is no 100m straight, hurdles, jumping, throwing or equipment available at Nicholls.
The Australian Selection Trials for the 2015 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships Selection Trial are to be held at Robert de Castella Cross Country Running Track at Stromlo Forest Park on Sunday 8th February 2015.
Australia’s best distance athletes are vying for automatic selection to represent Australia at the 2015 WXC Champs. Spectator entry is free with great vantage points to take in all the action!
The following events will take place:
Open Men 12km
Under 20 Women 6km
Under 20 Men 8km
Open Women 8km
The venue is named after Robert de Castella who was one of several hundred Canberrans who lost their homes in the fires, which also largely destroyed the pine plantations of Stromlo Forest, where he did most of his training. ‘Deek’ was the Marathon winner at the first IAAF World Championships in Helsinki in 1983.
Stromlo Forest Park is modelled after the training camp at Acoteias on Portugal’s Algarve coast where de Castella and the Australians trained before the 1985 World Cross Country Championships.