Park Island Sports Hub
Planning started: February 2011
Construction started: Not started
Completed: Not completed
In 2013, Napier City Council adopted the Park Island Master Plan, which looked at the current use of Park Island, and what might be needed over the next 30 years.
Last year the Master Plan was reviewed, and a reconfiguration of areas recommended, allowing better connectivity between the existing southern and central sports hubs, to the future northern hub.
The 2017 Park Island Master Plan adopted by Council reflects the changes in sporting code requirements, such as the overlap between seasons for codes, and the desire for sharing of facilities.
The Master Plan also provides for other types of green spaces, playgrounds and pathways.
The Park Island recreation and sports grounds first took shape in 1981 when the Council set aside 68 hectares west of Westminster Avenue. Some 50 hectares are currently developed as sports grounds and facilities, including the fenced Tremain Fields, a soccer stadium and the regional hockey headquarters with its two artificial turfs.
The Northern Sports Hub will be a greenfields expansion at the north-eastern end of Park Island. It will be flanked by future stages of the Parklands residential subdivision and have vehicle access from Orotu Drive.
Signage and storyboards are also proposed, to provide information about the park’s geological, social and cultural history including that of Te Umuriomata pa, a major battle waged at Te Roropipi, the Park Island cemetery and Taipo Stream.
The estimated cost for the staged development is $25.7 million.