$200m boost for park
MONEY is being pumped into Alexandra Park in an effort to bring new life to the facility.
A more than $200 million residential and retail development is in the works for 223 Green Lane West, with registrations of interest opening on January 30.
And just this week the Blues announced they are investing between $4 million and $6m at the park to establish a new training base and headquarters.
Inviting outside faces in is a positive step, Alexandra Park chief executive Dominique Dowding says.
‘‘Basically, we wanted to revitalise and reinvigorate the park and harness racing itself.
‘‘To do so we felt that we had land assets that were underutilised.
‘‘Harness racing is in serious decline and we’re trying to push it up as a sport.’’
The two sporting codes can work together to engage the community, Dowding says.
And rugby is not a new thing in the area.
Alexandra Park was formerly known as Potter’s Paddock and hosted the 14th All Blacks test in 1908.
‘‘We’re right smack in an excellent location – we’re really excited about the We wanted to revitalise and reinvigorate the park and harness racing itself . . . Harness racing is in serious decline and we’re trying to push it up as a sport opportunities,’’ she says.
‘‘We just hope that both of these moves will reinvigorate the park so people come back to Alexandra Park and will embrace it as part of their community.’’
A show home for the 223 Green Lane West apartments is expected to be open by early March and the buildings completed by 2016.
Two of the four apartment buildings will be nine storeys high and the other two will be five storeys.
But Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes says the influx of people at Alexandra Park will put pressure on the busy junction of Manukau Rd and Green Lane West.
The board met with Alexandra Park executives to discuss the development last week, he says.
Haynes says the quality of the design is admirable but the basics also need to be covered.
‘‘This is the sort of highquality development that we need if we’re going to have intensification on the isthmus but the essential infrastructure necessary does need to be provided.
‘‘We still have that problem of a congested intersection at two arterial roads. It needs to be sorted.’’
Alexandra Park executives are hoping an influx of visitors and residents will reinvigorate the facility and the sport of harness racing. The Blues are planning a $4 to $6 million facility at Alexandra Park, above right.