Winter grounds supported
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
Visit wellington.govt.nz/haveyoursay/ e-petitions/ep/details/154 or search for ‘Tawa needs an artificial turf’ on Facebook.