Representatives of Logan Park High School and the sports clubs that have come up with a joint proposal to develop a sports hub on land behind the school (from left) Mike Eathorne-Gould, from Dunedin Gymnastics Association; Hamish Seaton and Chris Arbuckle, from Mountain Biking Otago; Rachel Minton-Smith, from Otago Hockey; and Peter Hill, from Logan Park High School. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery
Support has been sought from the Dunedin City Council for a
large new joint sports hub development behind Logan Park High
The sports hub would involve upgrading roads and street
lighting, a lit multi-use artificial turf, a new gymnasium
and shared amenities, including parking and grass event area.
would be used by Otago Hockey, the Dunedin Gymnastic Academy,
(DGA) and Mountain Biking Otago (MBO) and could be used by
the school and other sports.
DGA and Otago Hockey and MBO presented their early plans for
the hub to the council yesterday.
DGA treasurer Michael Eathorne-Gould said the organisation
had been working with the council for three years on what to
do about its existing main venue, the ageing Caledonian
Gymnasium - which needs significant upgrading and earthquake
strengthening and is too small for the growing requirements
of the organisation - and how to secure a future site.
''[We are] pleased to say, after a long time, we now think we
have found a place suitable for our gym development.
''We ask if the council considered selling the Caledonian Gym
and/or bowling club that you look at retaining some of that
profit for this project.''
To questions from the councillors, the group said it would
lease the land, owned by the school and the Ministry of
Education, for a small amount, and was
looking at partnerships to build and own the facility.
Many sites, including the Edgar Centre, Sunnyvale Sports
Centre, Badminton Hall and the Ice Stadium, had been
investigated, but the hub needed a site available 24/7 and a
new purpose-built facility was by far the best option.
The Otago Hockey manager, Rachel Minton-Smith, said the
organisation wanted the extra turf space because it did not
have enough capacity at
Logan Park, and the situation was only going to get worse as
the sport increased in popularity.
The proposed turf would be a practice turf only and not just
for hockey use. It could be used by touch, league, rugby and
futsal. Schools could use the area during the day and, in
summer, several sports could use it. The surface could also
be used for car parking.
It would be a great benefit to the community and it had been
refreshing to share the same vision with DGA and MBO. It
would be great to be able to share ideas and start working
together with other sports, she said.
MBO president Chris Arbuckle said the organisation had
already been in discussions with the DCC about its plans for
new roading, car park and club rooms, and had raised $50,000
for that work.
''All parties see a great opportunity to develop shared
facilities [road, car parking, lighting, toilets and meeting
facilities], saving costs and further identifying the Logan
Park area as the Dunedin sports hub.''
The project was still in the early stages of discussion, but
all the parties had committed to advancing it to a scoping
document, which could be presented to other interested
parties and key funders.
The next step would be getting funding to commission a
Council staff have said they were keen to see the feasibility
study carried out for the development of the hub.