Carterton hub at Howard Booth Park
The ball is now in council’s court after plans for a $2 million Carterton sports hub bounced back to its original preferred location.
Carterton Sports and Recreation Trust, which is hoping to get council approval for the facility, has decided Howard Booth Park is the best site for the development.
Spokesman Mike Osborne said the trust had previously favoured Carrington Park for its central location and existing infrastructure.
But it decided the sheer space at Howard Booth Park, as well as its continuing potential for development, made it a better option, he said.
The project now has the full backing of Carterton’s sports teams after Carterton Rugby Club members voted in favour of formally backing the proposal.
This means the hub will now cater for rugby, football, tennis, bowls, squash, indoor netball and croquet as well as a host of other activities.
‘‘The vision is for a community sports park that can be used by sports clubs, social groups and community groups, even things like yoga, pilates, it’s a community resource,’’ Osborne said.
‘‘Howard Booth has four access points and is a five minute walk from the train station, which gives it accessibility that other sports centres do not have.
‘‘If a team were travelling from Wellington on a Saturday they could catch the morning train out and be here in time for their game and then take the evening train back.’’
Carterton Football Club president Rod O’Leary said the development represented what could be a huge boost for Carterton and something Howard Booth would have approved of when he bequeathed the land to the town.
‘‘It will make a real difference to the local sports clubs and the community in general and hopefully we will be looking at a new facility in a couple of years and wondering why it took so long to get it done,’’ O’Leary said.
‘‘This is the type of infrastructure the town needs as it grows and continues to grow.’’
Wairarapa Bush Rugby Union chief executive Tony Hargood, who is the trust’s project manager, said the project and expected it to cost about $2m, with the bulk of that covered by lotteries grants.
‘‘We are presenting a submission in the coming months and the development will be great for the town and the district.’’
Working plan of proposed Howard Booth Park redevelopment.