Sportsgrounds get geared up
Council contractors are working across the district to recondition sportsgrounds up to standard for the winter season.
“Drought over summer has impacted the major renovation work scheduled for the early part of this year,” says contracts and assets manager Garrett Blair.
“We’ve had to defer much of this work until after this season, but we’re confident that we will be able to provide facilities that are fit for this winter.”
In the last two weeks The Oval, Childers Road Reserve and Barry Park have been scarified, swept and under sown to remove organic matter and allow turf to establish and grow.
Mr Blair says The Oval will remain open this season.
“We are working closely with the Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union for the development of rugby facilities across the district.
“Due to the dry conditions combined with water restrictions in February and March, the installation of in-ground irrigation systems and under-sowing of couch turf has been deferred until after the season.”
“We have completed major work at Uawa Domain with the establishment of a couch turf that is proving to be very effective.”
Scarifying and sweeping currently underway on Childers Road Reserve Number one means it will be available this week, dependant on the weather to complete the work.
Harry Barker Reserve, for the first time will feature three football grounds.
“Ground conditions such as at Anzac Park have meant some soccer fields will be unlayable this year, says Mr Blair, “Harry Barker has available space with hockey now utilising the artificial turf.”
“We will be doing extensive work at Anzac Park over the winter including installing irrigation, under-sowing with couch and installing better lighting.”
“The shift to Harry Barker is a temporary one, but if it proves to be positive we may use this as a site for football in the future.”
Council understands United Soccer Club will play home games at Harry Barker, but Central Football as the governing body will determine draws and will play other teams at the reserve as required.
Longer term Council is concerned about building resilience for sports fields particularly when there are extended dry periods and water restrictions limit the ability to irrigate.
“We are also looking at what solutions are available to ensure our grounds can withstand climate conditions and users can continue to play field sports in Tairawhiti.”