Hockey turf and build­ing com­pleted


The new hockey ameni­ties build­ing has of­fi­cially opened and marks the com­ple­tion of the up­graded Pioneer En­ergy Turf in Cromwell.

Cen­tral Otago Sports Turf Trust chair­man Michael Paardekooper wel­comed the large crowd at­tend­ing the open­ing on Fri­day.

The project started in 1995 when the Cen­tral Otago Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion ap­proached a group about es­tab­lish­ing a new hockey turf for Cen­tral Otago.

Pro­ceeds of a land sale from the Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board pro­vided seed fund­ing for the new fa­cil­ity, he said.

‘‘This new build­ing not only looks good but pro­vides the sport­ing com­mu­nity and in par­tic­u­lar Cen­tral Otago Hockey play­ers and sup­port­ers with chang­ing rooms, toi­lets, show­ers, hockey con­trollers’ room, kitchen, meet­ing room, base for Cen­tral Otago Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, stor­age and a warm dry place for spec­ta­tors to watch hockey.’’

It took three years to de­sign, plan and fundraise for the new turf and build­ing, and the project was com­pleted within the $1.8 mil­lion dol­lar bud­get. The trust was also debt free, he said.

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