Unley Oval might undergo a multi-million dollar development - including redeveloped grandstands - under plans being drawn up by Unley Council.
The council is remaining relatively tight-lipped about its plans, and Sturt Football Club would not comment last week, but the Eastern Courier Messenger understands the development might be modelled on the Prospect Oval precinct's $12 million makeover.
Unley councillors recently had a bus tour of Prospect Oval, which had entered stage two of its development to transform North Adelaide Football Club's grandstand into a gym and upgrade its function centre. But Unley Oval's open space has been declared off limits - any development would be limited to the grandstands and surrounds.
Unley chief executive Peter Tsokas told the Eastern Courier Messenger the council was working on plans to transform the oval, making it "much more of a community asset. As part of the Unley Central Rejuvenation Project we are developing a master plan for Unley Oval," Mr Tsokas said. "(We) will explore a range of measures to improve the oval for the community. (So) this will make it much more of a community asset."
Mr Tsokas said while permanent fencing would be considered as part of the plan, the council was committed to keeping the oval open to the public. "The issue of fencing will be looked at as part of that masterplan (but) we do not anticipate external fencing," Mr Tsokas said.
"We want Unley Oval to remain an open oval for community use." Sturt chief executive Matt Benson did not return calls last week.
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