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Sport benefits from Havelock North Reserve development

Sport benefits from Havelock North Reserve development

The development of a reserve in Romanes Drive, Havelock North is set to bring major benefits to football and BMX cycling.

A 3ha parcel of land in Romanes Drive was acquired by Council in 1996 for the development of the Arataki Link Road. In 1999 it was resolved that the land should be earmarked for an extension to Guthrie Park and while the land remained undeveloped, a request was received from the Hawke’s Bay BMX Club to build some informal jumps. This was approved by Council in November 2008.

In 2011 Havelock North Wanderers Football Club requested that part of the land be used for additional fields and the BMX club indicated they would like to expand and further develop the current track into a nationally rated facility.

Councillor Wayne Bradshaw says “I am delighted that this development has now been given the green light. The player growth of the Wanderers Football Club is putting enormous pressure on their three existing fields and the new field on Romanes Drive Reserve will help ease some of that pressure.”

Wayne Bradshaw says “The BMX Club will lease around 7000sq m of the reserve and this will give them a chance to develop an improved facility. The club will fund the construction of the track and the timing of the development will be dependent on the success of their fundraising efforts.”

“The development of Romanes Drive Reserve will be of particular benefit to the youth in our community. It is important for the whole community that youth are encouraged to take part in sporting activities and these two developments will help ensure that the facilities are available in Havelock North to cater for their sporting endeavours,” Mr Bradshaw says.

Work is due to start on the development in early March with construction of the accessway, carpark and the leveling of the surface. It is expected that the sportsfields will be available for use by Havelock North Wanderers by the end of May.

Construction of the toilet, a footbridge to link with Guthrie Park, pathways and landscaping will be dependent on the final cost of the initial development.


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