All-weather Field for Alex Moore Park

14 January 2014

Work has started on a new synthetic grass surface on Alex Moore Park in Johnsonville – the first artificial turf sports ground in the northern suburbs.

Excavation work at Alex Moore Park.

Work starts to level the field


The $2.3 million upgrade of the park by the Council includes a car park on Bannister Avenue, training lights and new paths and seating. The Charles Plimmer bequest has contributed $380,000 towards landscaping.

The new Alex Moore Park surface will bring to seven the number of sportsfields around the city with artificial turf. These synthetic surfaces have revolutionised sport in Wellington so people can play all year round, in all weathers.

Contractor Sports Technology International has started work removing the top layer of turf to install drainage and compact the base ready for laying the synthetic grass. The excess soil will be used at Raroa Park to fill in low spots.

The lower field at Alex Moore Park will be out of action this summer – the work will take around four months. The upper field and most of the middle field will not be affected initially, but as work progresses on paths and steps, there will be some impact.