Fund­ing boosts has­ten turf work

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The money keeps rolling in for the planned ar­ti­fi­cial turf at As­cot Park, with the back­ers hope­ful of turn­ing the first sod this month.

The $1.9 mil­lion project, jointly run by Porirua Vik­ings and Western Sub­urbs, has re­ceived the green light from Porirua City Coun­cil and has fund­ing from a num­ber of sources.

Vik­ings pres­i­dent Bernie Wood told Kapi-Mana News they were now $186,000 short of their tar­get, with $40,000 from Pub Char­ity and $100,000 from New Zealand Community Trust con­firmed in the past month. A nam­ing spon­sor is be­ing sought, which may cover the lion’s share of the out­stand­ing bal­ance.

‘‘The money from NZCT and Pub Char­ity came in one day af­ter the other, it was great. We’re very con­fi­dent now that we should get the rest in good time,’’ Mr Wood says.

A re­cent geotech­ni­cal study was favourable, he says, with no un­ex­pected soil is­sues to con­tend with. Re­source con­sents will be lodged soon and ten­ders sought within a month.

The ar­ti­fi­cial turf may be sited a few me­tres from where it was first planned due to lighting tow­ers and their ef­fect on the park’s nearby houses.

‘‘We’re hop­ing this good, dry weather keeps up so the work can get un­der way this sum­mer and we have an open­ing on Queen’s Birthday week­end. That’s the plan,’’ Mr Wood says.

There are also plans to en­large the car park.

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