Sports park ready for pub­lic en­joy­ment

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Im­proved fa­cil­i­ties at Waiuku Sports Park are now com­plete, a re­sult of the part­ner­ship be­tween Auck­land coun­cil and the com­mu­nity to boost avail­abil­ity of sport and re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties.

Franklin Lo­cal Board marked the oc­ca­sion with a rib­bon cut­ting dur­ing the Waiuku Blast to the Past event held on the grounds at the week­end.

Chair An­gela Full­james said the up­graded fa­cil­ity was an im­por­tant com­mu­nity as­set.

‘‘We re­ally want to see the whole com­mu­nity us­ing it and get­ting en­joy­ment out of it so we would en­cour­age peo­ple to book it, which they can now do through the coun­cil’s book­ing sys­tem.’’

The project has in­volved de­vel­op­ing and up­grad­ing a car park, ac­cess be­tween the fa­cil­i­ties, sand car­pet­ing and ir­ri­ga­tion and drainage of the field as well as new light­ing and chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

It is the re­sult of a part­ner­ship for­malised in 2016 be­tween the Franklin Lo­cal Board, Waiuku Dis­tricts Rugby Club and Waiuku Col­lege/Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to en­cour­age bet­ter use of re­cre­ation and sports fa­cil­i­ties in the area.

Board mem­ber Bren­dan Cromp­ton has worked closely along­side the project part­ners as the lo­cal board’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the project group and said it was great to see the project fi­nally re­alised.

‘‘We’ve ac­tu­ally talk­ing about for more than a decade - so since be­fore Auck­land Coun­cil was formed -so I am de­lighted we’ve now seen it be­come a re­al­ity.’’

Cromp­ton paid trib­ute to the rugby club and school in work­ing along­side coun­cil and their will­ing­ness to open up the fa­cil­i­ties to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘This model of work­ing with a school and ex­ist­ing sports club is some­thing new for the coun­cil and we’ve shown it is a model than can work so could be a blueprint for other projects.

‘‘It’s a win, win not just for the school and club with up­graded fa­cil­i­ties, but for the Waiuku com­mu­nity as a whole, who can now take ad­van­tage of them.’’

The project aligns with the guid­ing prin­ci­ples of the Franklin Sport and Ac­tive Re­cre­ation Fa­cil­i­ties Plan, which the board adopted in 2016, in­clud­ing sus­tain­abil­ity, part­ner­ships, multi-use and boost­ing use of ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Book­ing in­for­ma­tion avail­able on the coun­cil’s web­site auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz, search sports field book­ings, or phone the coun­cil on 09 301 0101.

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Franklin Lo­cal Board’s Bren­don Cromp­ton, left, Niko Kloeten, An­gela Full­james, Waiuku Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion’s Shar­lene Druyven and Waiuku Col­lege’s Brian Perry cel­e­brate the open­ing of the up­graded Waiuku Sports Park.

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