We’re seeking feedback on a proposal from Brighton Grammar School (BGS) to renew the sportsground at Wilson Recreation Reserve in Brighton and manage the maintenance over a nine-year license agreement.
Reconstructing the sportsground will help to address surface and drainage issues and ensure the oval can manage the high level of shared use.
BGS is proposing to fund the upgrade of the reserve with no changes to their level of usage so the wider community can enjoy continued access to the upgraded sportsground, when not allocated for community or school sports activities.
Additionally, BGS have proposed to fund the maintenance and upkeep of the sportsground to ensure it remains in prime condition for local sport, seeking a nine-year licence that reflects the School’s current use of the reserve.
Located just across the street from the school, Wilson Recreation Reserve has been used by BGS for winter school rugby, lunch break overflow and physical education since 2004.
It neighbours Brighton Recreation Centre and is 1.7 hectares of highly valued open space often used by the community for passive recreation such as dog-walking and essential exercise.
If the proposal proceeds, BGS would upgrade the sportsground with irrigation and turf and install low level fencing along Outer Crescent. The proposal does not include the construction of a sports pavilion at the site.
Bayside community cricket clubs, including Brighton Cricket Club, will continue to be allocated use for the summer tenancy period from October to March and other community groups such as Bayley House will continue to have access to the sportsground.