Blasts around park

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Morgan

Con­struc­tion work is go­ing off with a bang in Eden Park’s south stand carpark.

About 30 un­der­ground ex­plo­sives have been set off in the park along Reimers Ave in re­cent weeks.

The blasts have been in prepa­ra­tion for con­struc­tion of a new 21,000-seat south stand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Dig­gers then break through the cracked rock be­fore phone, gas and pow­er­lines, as well as sewage pipes, are in­stalled or moved be­fore the old south stand is de­mol­ished in Au­gust.

The work has left gap­ing holes in the ground, but Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Fee­ley is adamant it won’t stop the park op­er­at­ing as usual.

This in­cluded us­ing the area as a carpark for All Blacks tests against Eng­land on Satur­day and Aus­tralia in Au­gust.

Mr Fee­ley says he knows it’s a work­able sit­u­a­tion af­ter at­tend­ing the sea­son’s last Su­per 14 game, when holes in the carpark were filled days be­fore the match.

“I parked in the south stand carpark and was sur­prised it went smoothly con­sid­er­ing what had been go­ing on the day be­fore.”

Reimers Ave res­i­dents say the noise level of each blast is dif­fer­ent.

Miki Miura, who has lived on the street for three months, says a warn­ing siren goes off be­fore each blast. “It shakes and can be very noisy.” Ms Miura says she is more af­fected by the noise at the mo­ment be­cause she is at home dur­ing the day, but it won’t be so bad when she finds a job.

Si­mon Ed­brooke says he doesn’t usu­ally spend much time at home dur­ing the day, but his part­ner has no­ticed the blasts shake the win­dows.

He is re­signed to things get­ting worse when the stand comes down.

“I wouldn’t be sur­prised if they’re hack­ing away at it the night be­fore the first world cup game.”

Fletcher Con­struc­tion com­mu­nity li­ai­son man­ager Alex Lee says more blasts might be nec­es­sary, de­pend­ing on the types of rocks found.

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