Hutt City Council has endorsed a recommendation by the Hutt City Community Facilities Trust (CFT) to begin construction of new sport and recreation hub. Work will begin on site over the next four to six weeks. Completion of the project is expected in spring 2018. The work will be carried out by local company Armstrong Downes Ltd.
“This is a significant milestone for this project,” says CFT Chairperson Alister Skene. “It is fantastic we have reached a point where we can begin the construction phase.
“I would like to thank our partners, Fraser Park Sportsville (FPS) and Council for the hard work it has taken to get to this point. I would also like to thank Council, through its investment, and the funders who recognise the tremendous asset this will be for the region.
“However, we have more work to do. While we have raised enough funds to begin construction, we need the support of the Hutt Valley business and wider community to help complete the build, fund the fit out, and other finishing touches. I’m sure with a collaborative effort we will deliver a facility that we can all be proud of.”
FPS Chair Mark Heissenbuttel paid tribute to the sports clubs under the FPS umbrella. “We started this journey seven years ago when the clubs took a leap of faith to join Sportsville. The new facility will provide the opportunity to deliver sports in a more professional way. It will also encourage greater community participation in sporting activities.”
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace thanked the CFT and FPS for their efforts; he reinforced the need for a continued fundraising effort. “Council’s decision to proceed should provide confidence to the community that this facility will be a reality. Once the building takes shape, I am sure even more supporters will come on board”.
The Mayor stressed that as the largest sports ground in the region, Fraser Park is a long-term strategic asset. The new sports hub will attract regional and national events to Fraser Park, providing sporting, social and economic benefits to Lower Hutt.
- Fraser Park multi-sport facility will include: six squash courts, indoor training space, admin offices and meeting facilities, eight changing rooms, a café and viewing decks.
- Stage one of development was completed in 2015, and included three new softball diamonds, rugby/ football turf, lighting and landscaping.
- The Hutt City Community Facilities Trust is a charitable trust and Council Controlled Organisation, established by Hutt City Council in 2012 to promote, develop, own, operate and maintain recreational leisure, and community facilities in Lower Hutt.
- Fraser Park Sportsville member clubs are: Avalon Rugby Club, Hutt Valley Dodgers Softball Club, Hutt City Squash (merger of Fraser Park and Mitchell Park squash clubs), Hutt Valley Softball Association, Lower Hutt City AFC, Naenae Hockey Club, Wellington Regional Hockey Stadium Trust, and Taita District Cricket Club.