New $1.8m multisport turf to open
The culmination of two years of fundraising and and several months of earthworks is set to be unveiled to the public this Saturday.
The Centralines Sports Park, adjacent to Russell Park in Waipukurau, will be officially opened at 10am on Saturday, November 3, with a chance for the public to set foot on the artificial turn for the first time.
The sports park is owned by the CHB and District Community Trust, which also built Waipukurau’s indoor heated pool and stadium. Trustee and chairwoman of the Turf Fundraising Committee, Di Petersen, says the trust wanted to add the all-weather turf facility to the community’s “stable”.
“It is a multi use facility, for hockey, netball, football and futsal. The community backing for the project has been out of this world, enabling the committee to raise the $1.8 million necessary for the project. We really couldn’t have done it without the amazing community support.”
The opening will be attended by Centralines and Eastern and Central Trust chairs, CHB and District Community Trust trustees and chair, CHB’s mayor and local MPs from Wairarapa and Tukituki and other invited guests. Di says the public will be invited to set foot on the turf for the first time. “Netballs and hockey sticks will be provided and we will be encouraging people to get onto the new park and have some fun and try it out.”
From left, Waipukurau Rotary Club treasurer John Marshall, WRC past president Pat Portas and Central Hawke’s Bay District Community Trust chairman Pat Gallagher with the $1.8 million multisport turf nearing completion at Russell Park in Waipukurau.