Expo tours and talk will cover Eden Park plans

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Peo­ple con­cerned about the pro­posed de­vel­op­ments to Eden Park or who sim­ply want to have a look around the grounds should head to the Eden Park Expo this week­end.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil, Eden Park Trust Board, Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board and Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil are pre­sent­ing plans for the park in the lead-up to the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Ev­ery­thing from the pro­posed $240 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment to up­grades of the neigh­bour­ing streets and rail sta­tions will be cov­ered.

Guided tours will also be hosted by for­mer sports stars Di­pak Pa­tel and Grant Fox.

Pa­tel says he is in­ter­ested to see how the park will de­velop in the next few years.

“When you’ve been part of it for so many years you take an in­ter­est in what’s hap­pen­ing,” he says.

“This place is steeped in his­tory and an up­grade is long over­due.”

The expo is in­tended to get pub­lic feed­back on the up­com­ing work at Eden Park.

Trust board gen­eral man­ager Murray Reade says: “We have tried to put to­gether a one-stop shop for the pub­lic, so they can ask ques­tions and meet the peo­ple in­volved in the var­i­ous projects.”

The expo will run from 10am to 3pm to­mor­row and Sun­day in Eden Park’s ASB Lounge.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Look­ing for­ward: Di­pak Pa­tel is host­ing guided tours at the Eden Park Expo this week­end.

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