Rawhiti Domain- All Weather Facility
Proposed all weather facility for Rawhiti Domain!
UPDATE AUGUST 2019: Council grant signals go-ahead for all-weather facility on Rāwhiti Domain
Christchurch City Council’s Capital Endowment Fund grant of $172,500 to Eastern Community Sports and Recreation (ECSR) means the umbrella organisation for several local sports clubs can now proceed with plans to turn courts at Rāwhiti Domain into an all-weather facility.
ECSR board member Thea Mickell said the Council’s grant this week signalled the go ahead for the sport club partnership to carry out its plans, topping up grants received from other funders to take the project to its budget target.
“We are delighted to receive this grant from the City Council this week. It gives us the ‘go’ signal that we have been waiting for with the project.
“After several false starts with earlier plans to construct a community sports and recreation facility for the East, we began work on the present project three years ago. To reach the point where we now know it is going to happen is hugely satisfying,” she said.
Thea Mickell said ECSR’s plan is to enhance the netball and tennis courts on Rāwhiti Domain.
“At present the courts are poorly maintained and under-utilised. We intend to reconstruct the base of the courts; lay a synthetic grass surface on them; construct an all-weather purpose-made canopy over them; and add fencing and floodlights.
“This will turn the courts into a year-round flexible multi-purpose facility, pleasant to play on in all weather, enabling much increased use,” she said.
ECSR now has $1.2475 million total funding on hand for the project, thanks to earlier grants from the Rātā Foundation ($400,000), New Zealand Community Trust ($275,000) and the Lotteries Communities Facilities Fund ($400,000).
Thea Mickell said the plans can now proceed, aiming to have the new facility ready for use early in 2020.ECSR is one of several sport club partnerships throughout New Zealand, created to make it easier for sports and recreation organisations to operate more effectively. It comprises rugby, softball, netball, cricket, athletics, tennis, waka ama and baseball clubs, while the Guardians of Rāwhiti, Eastern Hobbies Workshop and New Brighton Menz Shed are also affiliated.
Further information Thea Mickell - 027 601 1282
UPDATE AUGUST 2018: The lease has been approved by the community board- see more information here https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/106410961/12m-rwhiti-domain-sports-facility-gets-the-goahead
Eastern Community Sport and Recreation Incorporated (Eastern Sport) previously Rawhiti Community Sport Incorporated (RCSI) was established in September 2008 as a multi-sport club to support and deliver recreation and sporting services to the wider New Brighton area. The establishment was based in a large part due to the strengths of the clubs within Rawhiti Domain, each with a history of service to the area of over 100 years.
A primary goal of Eastern Sport was to develop a combined and sustainable shared sport space and to work with Christchurch City Council and the member clubs to develop a multi-purpose indoor space, complimentary to the various projects outlined in the Christchurch Metro plan.
However, as the designs and costs were being finalised the 2010, the 2011, earthquakes struck. This had a significant impact upon the eastern suburbs, and required a complete rethink to the services and delivery methods of Eastern Sport. The priority shifted from building a state-of-the-art facility towards delivering much needed on the ground activities.We have revised our objectives to align with post-earthquake reality in Christchurch. We now aim to:“develop a multi-purpose facility located on Rawhiti Domain to meet a variety of leisure, sport and recreational needs of people in the New Brighton area.
Most recently, ECSR have applied to Council for a lease and licence over parts of Rawhiti Domain with the aim of developing a set of spaces for sport and recreation activites on Rawhiti Diomain, which is funded by ECSR.
Please see the proposed lease below!