Park Island Sports Hub
Planning started: February 2011
Construction started: Not started
Completed: Not completed
A “sportsville” concept will guide the development and expansion at Park Island over the next 20-plus years, with three ‘sports hubs’ that will allow more sharing of facilities and services by outdoor sports codes.
The Park Island recreation and sports grounds first took shape in 1981 when the Council set aside 68 hectares west of Westminster Avenue. Some 50 hectares are currently developed as sports grounds and facilities, including the fenced Tremain Fields, a soccer stadium and the regional hockey headquarters with its two artificial turfs.
The sportsville model is aimed at enabling collaboration by different codes in their use of facilities. It will also provide flexibility in allowing for changing sport and recreation patterns.
The master plan for developing Park Island further was prepared by Council-commissioned consultants after 18 months of investigation and discussions. Approved by the Council in April 2013, the plans provides for the creation of three self-contained sports “hubs” as central core facilities serving the social and administrative needs of multiple codes.
The Southern Sports Hub and the Central Sports Hub essentially involve reorganising and some redevelopment of existing Park Island facilities.
The Northern Sports Hub will be a greenfields expansion at the north-eastern end of the park. It will be flanked by future stages of the Parklands residential subdivision and have vehicle access from Orotu Drive.
The plan provides for two more artificial hockey turfs, two further fields to double the Tremain Fields playing area, the relocation of Napier Pirates Rugby and Sports Club from Tamatea, space for an outdoor sport code high performance centre and new hard courts.
Also planned are grassed practice softball diamonds. Rugby league is among other sports and recreational activities being considered for use of facilities.
Casual and informal recreation is also considered, with provision for children’s play areas, structured tree planting and a network of existing and new paths to provide internal linkages and new opportunities for activities such as walking, running, cycling and exercising dogs.
Signage and panels will provide information about the park’s geological, social and cultural history including that of Te Umuriomata pa, a major battle waged at Te Roropipi, the Park Island cemetery and Taipo Stream.
Council’s priorities in developing the park over the next five years are to:
- implement a district plan change to allow for various aspects of the development including the northern sports hub
- introduce traffic calming measures on Clyde Jeffery Drive
- work with Hawke’s Bay Hockey in establishing a third artificial hockey surfacework with Central Football Federation to establish a temporary central administration base
- define the boundaries and initiate development of the northern sports hub, and work with Pirates Rugby and Sports Club to relocate its activities to Park Island
- support Hawke’s Bay Regional Council with its plans to realign Taipo Stream to better control and disperse stormwater
The estimated cost for the staged development and expansion plans is $40.2 million. Of that, some $13 million will be core Council expenditure.