Revitalised English Park officially opened this Sunday
20 March 2003
English Park’s new stadium and soccer pitch will be officially opened
by Mayor Garry Moore this Sunday 23 March at 11am.
The public is
invited to attend the opening as well as the two soccer matches
that will follow at 11.30am and 2pm.
Christchurch City Council’s $2.8
million re-development of English
Park was completed in June 2002
but the new pitch was not available
for play until February this year.
While the Park is being leased
and maintained by Mainland Soccer as a centre for local and regional
soccer, the new stadium contains
a number of community facilities including a community meeting
room, a function room
and spaces for a small caf é and gymnasium.
Usage of the community
facilities will be overseen by the English Park Management Committee,
which includes representatives from
Mainland Soccer, the St Albans Residents Association, St Albans
School and the Shirley/Papanui
Community Board. One of the aims of the Management Committee is
to hold at least one community function on the Park each year.
major benefit of the new development is the increased connection
between St Albans School and the Park, in particular the improvement
it has made to access to the school.
English Park’s popular Saturday
morning market remains a fixture in the upgraded carpark, which
can now also be used for playing basketball
Opening up and enhancing the Park’s natural waterway
has made the area more picturesque and created a haven for ducks,
which is proving
popular with young visitors.
Fletcher Construction Ltd was the lead
contractor in English Park’s
re-development. Taggart Construction undertook the earthworks on
the site and the Council’s City Solutions Unit took on the project
management role. The stadium was designed by City Solutions and
Common Ground Ltd.
The first game after this Sunday’s opening will
be a National Youth League match between Mainland and a New Zealand
side. A Southern Trust National League match will follow between
Canterbury United and Dunedin
Entry to the Park for those staying to watch the matches
will cost $5 for adults. No charge for children under 16.
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