McLean Park Upgrade
Planning Started: 2007
Construction Started: 2008
McLean Park complex is among New Zealand's most highly regarded sports amenities, and the Council is keen to maintain that enviable reputation.
To that end, it committed to a series of upgrades that have ensured the sporting facilities and associated amenities will continue serving the community well into the future.
The first of these upgrades was the addition of the Chapman Pavilion in 1993.
Having initially installed four light towers, the Council more recently added a further two to provide a nighttime venue for provincial and international rugby and cricket fixtures.
A further stand has been built, so that four stands now provide seating for 6700. With standing for a further 12,000 on the embankment, the park's capacity has been boosted to 18,700 spectators.
Similarly, the Council undertook a two-year, staged upgrade of the adjoining Centennial Hall, redeveloping the sports and social venue and reopening the facility in 2005 as the Rodney Green Centennial Events Centre.
The first stage, completed in 2003, involved major alterations to the entrance foyer, toilets facilities and storage. Additional service rooms were provided on the mezzanine floor.
Started in 2004, Stage 2 included an upgrade of the kitchen, dining area, changing rooms and associated toilet facilities and the mezzanine floor. The main body of the hall was stripped out and refitted. A key design concept of this stage was to provide flexible use options.
The venue was closed for a time to complete the final stage of the multi-million dollar project. The upgraded building shares access to facilities with McLean Park.
As a result of these developments, spectators and players are able to appreciate and enjoy the McLean Park complex as a flexible, multi-use and centrally located nucleus for sports.