Our parks stay open

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Porirua City Coun­cil has elected to keep sports grounds open for pre-sea­son train­ing for win­ter sports.

De­spite the drought and out­door water bans, Porirua sports grounds are in good con­di­tion and are in the con­di­tion ex­pected of them at this time of the year, says the coun­cil’s Leisure As­sets and Ser­vices man­ager Karyn Still­well.

Porirua sports grounds are not be­ing ir­ri­gated and coun­cil staff will be car­ry­ing out daily con­di­tion as­sess­ments and mon­i­tor­ing us­age.

‘‘ Our parks main­te­nance team will check the turfs ev­ery day. If we think the con­di­tion of a sport ground is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, we will act quickly and, if nec­es­sary, help clubs find an alternative train­ing space,’’ says Ms Still­well.

Coun­cil staff have no­ti­fied the af­fected clubs, who have been ad­vised of the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion and have been asked to act promptly in ceas­ing use of a field if re­quested.

‘‘I’d en­cour­age any­one wish­ing to check the avail­abil­ity of sports fields in Porirua City at any time of the year, to go to our Sports Grounds Sta­tus web­site at pcc.govt.nz,’’ she says.

Last week Welling­ton and Hutt Val­ley coun­cils banned all sports train­ing on grass fields due to the re­gion’s water use re­stric­tions. It was hoped the ban would help main­tain grass cover through the win­ter months.

The move has mainly af­fected pre­sea­son train­ing for win­ter sports, which start next week.

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