Funding boosts hasten turf work

BY KRIS DANDO
Last updated 09:51 13/11/2012

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The money keeps rolling in for the planned artificial turf at Ascot Park, with the backers hopeful of turning the first sod this month.

The $1.9 million project, jointly run by Porirua Vikings and Western Suburbs, has received the green light from Porirua City Council and has funding from a number of sources.

Vikings president Bernie Wood told Kapi-Mana News they were now $186,000 short of their target, with $40,000 from Pub Charity and $100,000 from New Zealand Community Trust confirmed in the past month. A naming sponsor is being sought, which may cover the lion's share of the outstanding balance.

"The money from NZCT and Pub Charity came in one day after the other, it was great. We're very confident now that we should get the rest in good time," Mr Wood says.

A recent geotechnical study was favourable, he says, with no unexpected soil issues to contend with. Resource consents will be lodged soon and tenders sought within a month.

The artificial turf may be sited a few metres from where it was first planned due to lighting towers and their effect on the park's nearby houses.

"We're hoping this good, dry weather keeps up so the work can get under way this summer and we have an opening on Queen's Birthday weekend. That's the plan," Mr Wood says.

There are also plans to enlarge the car park.

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