Maidstone Park sports fields upgrade underway

Ground will be broken on Monday 4 March as work gets underway to upgrade Upper Hutt’s Maidstone Park sports fields.  

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 01 MAR 2019— As part of Upper Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028, the Maidstone Park sports fields are being upgraded to a ‘sand carpet’ facility.

The works encompass an area of 3.9 hectares. The current grass layer will be removed and the area re-leveled. Drainage and irrigation will then be installed. Once this is complete a sand substrate sourced from the Wairarapa will be installed and new grass sown.

“We’re excited to have Stage 1 of the Maidstone Sports Hub project underway and within expected time frames,” says Council’s Director of Asset Management and Operations, Geoff Swainson. “Once completed, the facility will have two premier sports surfaces, on par with others in the region.”

A tender process saw the contract being awarded to Mexted Performance Sports Surfaces. Work commences Monday 4 March and is expected to be complete in early June.

There will be a ‘grow-in’ period of 9 to 12 months to allow the new grass to become established before the upgraded fields are ready for use.

The upgraded fields will be of a similar standard to Porirua Stadium and Hutt Recreation Ground.