Wellington College pupils showing their football skills on the new turf
The all-weather facility is a partnership between the Council and the college, which means school and community sport are both winners.
It is the latest instalment to our network of artificial sportsfields across the city, which are easing pressure on grass fields in winter and will mean fewer games are cancelled due to wet weather.
In the last three years, three other artificial sportsfields have been built: at Newtown, Island Bay and Khandallah. We also recently announced that a fifth all-weather playing surface will be installed at St Patrick's College in Kilbirnie - another partnership project that will benefit community and college sports.
Councillor John Morrison, the Council's Portfolio Leader for Sports and Events, says this is the first time the Council has partnered with a school to build an artificial turf.
This project is a great example of what can be done when local government and the community, in this case the college, work in partnership. "It's a perfect outcome because it benefits college sport and community sport and the cost to ratepayers is halved. The public will be able to book the turf Mondays to Thursdays after 5.30pm, on Saturday afternoons, all day on Sundays and up to half of school holiday periods.
The Council contributed $660,000, with Wellington College funding the balance. The college will own the field and be responsible for the upkeep of the turf and grounds.
We are proposing to spend $4.1 million to install more artificial turfs in the northern and western suburbs in the next five years.