Win­ter grounds sup­ported

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Ef­forts to have an ar­ti­fi­cial sports turf built in Tawa or Gre­nada North are gather­ing mo­men­tum, with an on­line pe­ti­tion and Tawa Com­mu­nity Board back­ing the pro­posal.

Welling­ton city coun­cil­lor Justin Lester, also a mem­ber of the Cap­i­tal Foot­ball Board, ad­vo­cated for a turf in the north­ern sub­urbs as part of his cam­paign plat­form dur­ing the elec­tions in Oc­to­ber. The suc­cess of sim­i­lar pitches at New­town and Khan­dal­lah, tak­ing the pres­sure off parks dur­ing the sod­den win­ter sports sea­son, is well-doc­u­mented.

Mr Lester says with two turfs at Wake­field Park un­der con­struc­tion and Welling­ton Col­lege and St Pat’s Col­lege next in the queue, there’s no rea­son why the north­ern sub­urbs should not be next in line.

Fund­ing has been ear­marked for a pitch at Alex Moore Park in John­sonville in 2014-15 but he would like con­sid­er­a­tion for one at Tawa/ Gre­nada North brought for­ward.

‘‘There’s just noth­ing in this part of Welling­ton and you look at the amount of schools and clubs that would get the use from it. Tawa wants its fair share of ser­vices and we hope the com­mu­nity will get be­hind this.’’

Tawa Com­mu­nity Board is tak­ing the lead, with chair Mal­colm Spar­row or­gan­is­ing an e-pe­ti­tion through the WCC web­site. It opened on Fe­bru­ary 11 and closes March 11. It had nearly 700 sup­port­ers by the end of last week.

Mr Lester, who has the com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties port­fo­lio, says there will likely be a re­port to the Strat­egy and Pol­icy Com­mit­tee in late March on the is­sue.

Mean­while, Porirua Vik­ings pres­i­dent Bernie Wood said the club’s pro­posal to have an ar­ti­fi­cial turf cited in As­cot Park was mov­ing ahead. He said coun­cil­lors and PCC of­fi­cers were ‘‘pos­i­tive about it’’. How­ever, he said it was still too early to be dis­cussing fund­ing op­tions for the pro­ject.

Any fa­cil­ity at As­cot Park would be used by other codes as well as rugby league. Justin Lester Welling­ton city


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