The new pavilion next to the artificial turf at Centennial Park, which will boast changing facilities, a viewing area, kitchen and toilets is progressing well, as work continued yesterday in dismal conditions.
North Otago Recreational Turf Trust committee member and North Otago Hockey Association Shaun Cunningham said the new facilities could attract national hockey events to Oamaru, after the North Otago association was informed by Hockey New Zealand in 2012 that current facilities did not meet the specified requirements.
The New Zealand Lotteries Commission provided $251,000 for the building’s construction, while the North Otago Hockey Association and North Otago Recreational Turf Trust contributed $25,000 and $50,000 respectively.
The toilets will also be available to other codes using sports facilities close by, which Cunningham believes will offer a safer environment for children.
The date of completion is still uncertain but Cunningham said painting will be the next job.
“It’s going good, it’ll be in to painting soon and we need painters,” he said.
“We’re still hoping to get it done before the hockey season but now it’s coming down to the nitty-gritty part it’s time to get the budget sorted out, we need to save some dollars because things have gone up since we priced it.
“Volunteer painters is what we’re after, but good painters, it’s got to be done right.”
Cunningham said he was pleased with the progress and looking forward to seeing the new facilities up and running.
“It’s coming along, It’s good I can’t wait to use it, can’t wait to get it going.”
The Network Waitaki North Otago Artificial Turf will host the Coaches Cup for third-team secondary schools boys’ teams from August 31-September 4 before welcoming the Festival of Hockey in October.
The Festival of Hockey is a South Island tournament for under -13 association representative and development teams with boys matches scheduled from October 3-5 and girls matches taking place from October 6 to October 8.
By James Ford
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – North Otago Recreational Turf Trust committee member and North Otago Hockey Association Shaun Cunningham at the new hockey pavilion yesterday.