World Cup Trophy Joins Party at the Park

13 May 2014

The FIFA U-20 World Cup trophy will be on show at Alex Moore Park in Johnsonville this Saturday (17 May) joining the party to celebrate the park’s $2.3 million makeover.

Worker laying strips of artificial turf at Alex Moore Park.

Laying strips of artificial turf at Alex Moore Park

The trophy, once held high by footballing superstars Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, will be on show from 9.30am–12.30pm. A range of fun football activities will get everyone into the World Cup spirit.

The revamped park will be officially opened by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, with celebrations starting at 9.30am.

This is the first artificial turf sportsground in the northern suburbs and is part of an upgrade by the Council. The Council now has nine sports fields with synthetic surfaces.

Contractor Sports Technology International stripped the lower field of topsoil to lay the turf and some of the excess soil (3700 cubic metres) was used at Raroa Park to fill in low spots.

Other improvements include:

  • a car park on Bannister Avenue
  • training lights
  • a perimeter path for walkers
  • runners and cyclists
  • new seating. 

The Charles Plimmer bequest contributed $362,000 towards landscaping.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup trophy tour will stop at four Wellington locations this week: ASB Sports Centre (Friday) and at Alex Moore Park, David Farrington Park and Newtown Park on Saturday.

The tour will finish up with a festival of football in Wellington from 27 May to 1 June, marking exactly one year until the official start of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015.

For more information on the trophy tour, see:
News - FIFA U-20 World Cup Trophy Hits Wellington - 2. 05.14