Decision on QEII replacement imminent

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Last updated 12:09 20/02/2014
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MUCH-MISSED FACILITY: Christchurch lost its only all-weather athletic track when QE2 was demolished.

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A multimillion-dollar decision on where to site Christchurch's new all-weather athletic track is expected shortly.

Christchurch lost its only all-weather athletic track when Queen Elizabeth II Park was demolished and since then the search has been on for a site on which to build a replacement.

Christchurch City Council staff have identified council-owned land at Nga Puna Wai, south of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral site in Curletts Rd, as the best site for the new athletic track, which they propose to group together with facilities for other sporting codes including tennis, hockey, rugby league and football.

However, the project has yet to be considered by the new council.

Acting chief executive Jane Parfitt said Nga Puna Wai was the preferred location for the proposed all-weather track to replace the athletic facilities lost at QEII.  

Preliminary investigations had been completed and a master plan prepared.

A report on whether the project should proceed at Nga Puna Wai was ''imminent''.

The council has $6.5 million set aside in its budget for a new athletics track but it has no money for any of the additional facilities staff have been considering including in the sports hub, although some of the sports codes have indicated they might be able to contribute funding.

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