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Ground Breaking Ceremony Kicks Off CHB Multi-Sport Turf Build



To be released 2 February 2018


Friday, 2 February 2018 - A sod-turning ceremony held at Russell Park today marked the start of construction of CHB’s new multi-sport turf at Russell Park and the announcement that local lines company, Centralines will be naming sponsor.


Today Mayor Alex Walker and Chair of Centralines Jon Nichols pulled their sleeves up to celebrate with Di Petersen from the Central Hawke’s Bay Community Trust the start of a transformational project for Central Hawke’s Bay.


“This is an exciting project for the whole of Central Hawke’s Bay, and the wider Hawke’s Bay Region. Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is proud to be a key partner together with Centralines to support Central Hawke’s Bay Community Trust in getting this project over the line. A community partnership project like this is a huge win for all” says Mayor Alex Walker.


“Central Hawke's Bay always punches above its weight in the sporting arena - regionally and nationally. A facility like this provides even bigger opportunities, particularly for our young - something that many of us identify as key to what a thriving district looks and feels like. This facility is something we should all be very proud of” says Mayor Walker.


In the pipeline for over three years, this facility is spearheaded by the Central Hawke’s Bay District Community Trust and is part of an overall vision for Central Hawke’s Bay sporting hub at Russell Park.


Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has supported the facility by providing the land, funding of $250,000, as well as a range of work associated with getting the site ready, and who will now take on the project management role of getting this facility built.
Centralines have provided financial support and are the naming sponsor. “We’re delighted to have Centralines on board as naming sponsor and are looking forward to seeing the turf well used for the 2019 winter season” says Mrs Petersen.
The project includes a full sized hockey turf and three asphalt netball courts with fencing and lights. This compliments the already existing facilities at Russell Park which includes playing fields, a playground, a fitness trail, public toilets, Skate Park and the adjacent AW Parsons Pool and Memorial Hall.
Centralines Chair, Jon Nichols said the decision to become naming sponsor for the turf was an easy one. “At Centralines we look to sponsor organisations, events and facilities that support the wellbeing and strength of our communities. We have no doubt that this facility will help strengthen social connections and support our region to be a vibrant place to work and live. We’re looking forward to seeing it in action.”


“During the thrive process we continued to hear from our community about the importance of recreational and social facilities that ensured we were encouraging opportunities for connected citizens, strong communities and overall a proud and prosperous district – this facility is something we should all be very proud of”, says Mayor Walker.
The turf construction will take approximately 9 months, with Council beginning work on preparing the site on the 12th February 2018.


More information about the scope of this work and the impact it will have on existing users and key stakeholder will be shared over the coming weeks. The project is expected to be completed by November 2018.



Authorised by Chief Executive: Monique Davidson


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2 February 2018

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