Users of the Cooma Showground are set to benefit from a major rejuvenation of the playing field over the next two years.
Cooma-Monaro Shire Council will spend $57,671 on major works such as levelling and re-seeding the showground over the next two years to improve the quality of the field. The move comes following the relocation of the Snowy Mountains Showjumping Festival for January 2014.
Councils recreation and property manager Ross Lawley said council had a regular program of work on the showground.
The relocation of the Snowy Mountains Showjumping Festival for 2014 leaves an opportunity to carry out renovation works.
In December council will undertake deep slicing off the arena, shockwave operation that aerates and decompacts the soil and minor levelling low areas and seeding levelled areas.
Mr Lawley said with events already booked this year at the showground, such as the Motorfest and dog show the work would be minor.
In November 2014 council is planning to undertake extensive levelling of the playing field and over-sowing.
"Over the years the ground has become more compacted. This will break it up," Mr Lawley said.
"It will improve the quality of the field over the long term.
"With the aeration more air will get into the growth area. You will see it green up and be healthier grass."
A specialised machine will be used to aerate the ground, reaching about 200mm under the surface.
It will shake up the soil, breaking it up and aerating it.
"It will be a good thing for everyone who uses the ground," Mr Lawley said.