While there are a lot of building works, the work touches all aspects of Parks, Sport, and Recreation says Wendy.
“There are people within our Sports Field team who have been working hard to get the grass ready. FIFA grass must be specifically 24mms, healthy, and has to be mowed in a certain pattern so the team have been preparing the grass for that.
“Our Horticulture and Gardens teams have been doing work to look at how our plants in the city will be affected by more people than usual, and our Arborist Team are trimming trees that could be impacted by buses coming in and out of Newtown Park. It really is a team job!”
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is the biggest event to be held in New Zealand and is a chance for people to see some of the best sports women in the business, says Wendy.
“We have a chance to step up as a sporting community and show what our city has to offer. We get to not only see some of the top tier athletes from all around the world in our backyard, but we get to upgrade facilities that will be around for future New Zealand athletes.
“Next year we’ve got events like the New Zealand nationals for Athletics here again, so we’re going to see athletes like the likes of Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill. It’s not just for this event, it’s here for future codes.”
Wellington’s nine matches include seven group matches, a round of 16 fixtures and a quarter-final clash.