Astro-turfed soccer field nears completion
A soccer ground given the green light for a revamp more than two years ago is almost ready for players to grace the field again.
The reconstruction of William Green Domain has been in the pipeline since 2011 and is expected to be complete by May in time for the winter sport season.
As with several playing fields across Auckland heavy rain in winter often renders the William Green Domain useless.
A new all-weather AstroTurf surface was desperately needed in east Auckland.
Sports tournaments were disrupted due to the field's inability to cope with the combination of soggy ground and countless feet trampling on it.
The soccer ground, on the corner of Bucklands Beach and Pakuranga roads, is home to the Fencibles and Bucklands Beach AFC soccer clubs and caters to more than 2000 players.
Bucklands Beach AFC club captain Larry Banks says it's great the revamp is happening but it's been a long time coming.
"Everybody throws their hand up in wonderment that the council is spending $3 million but that's $3 million they should have spent years ago.
"I've been with the club 21 years now in various coaching and committee roles and 15 years of that we've lacked those facilities or the facilities we've had have been poor."
Mr Banks believes the council has its priorities wrong and consequently the Bucklands Beach community has suffered as a result.
"When you look at the number of members we have as a club we are under-allocated. It's always been my bugbear to get a fair distribution of land. You end up battling other codes.
"Rugby for example has a huge amount of facilities and not as many players. We've been trying to sit down with the council for years to get them to redistribute the grounds according to the number of players for codes," he says.
Johan Ferreira, manager of Asset Development, the group heading the work, says the $2.9m project is going according to plan and no major challenges have been encountered. He says the Howick Local Board's main focus has been to develop a facility for all of Auckland to enjoy.