Park se­cu­rity up

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

Some train­ing ses­sions of vis­it­ing Rugby World Cup rugby teams at Porirua Park will be open to the pub­lic, Porirua City Coun­cil has con­firmed.

The ground will be used by Fiji, Wales, Canada and USA from Au­gust 23 and dur­ing the tour­na­ment. Thus far Wales, Fiji and Canada have sched­uled open train­ing ses­sions at Porirua Park, but this is sub­ject to change, a coun­cil spokesper­son says. A pub­lic session for the USA team is still to be con­firmed.

The teams will get ex­clu­sive use of the park be­tween Au­gust 31 and Oc­to­ber 9, and ex­ten­sive pri­vacy when re­quired.

From Au­gust 23, ad­di­tional se­cu­rity fenc­ing will be in­stalled and se­cu­rity guards posted at the grounds, says PCC Leisure As­sets and Ser­vices man­ager Karyn Still­well.

This means the Porirua Park Num­ber One field and the two walk­ways be­hind the grand­stand will be closed to the pub­lic.

‘‘ Like other coun­cils, PCC

is clos­ing this area to en­able RNZ 2011 to pro­vide height­ened se­cu­rity at the park par­tic­u­larly dur­ing pe­ri­ods where teams are phys­i­cally in res­i­dence at the grounds.

‘‘We also want to en­sure that the field does not get any ad­di­tional us­age dur­ing the event.’’

North­ern United Rugby Foot­ball Club will still have ac­cess to their nearby clu­b­rooms.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says the city is look­ing for­ward to rolling out the wel­come mat to the vis­it­ing teams.

‘‘The qual­ity of Porirua Park is sec­ond only in the re­gion to the Welling­ton Sta­dium and we also have wet and dry fa­cil­i­ties un­der one roof at Te Rau­paraha Arena so the teams will have an all-round high per­for­mance train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

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