The Outdoor Sports Facilities Plan is Council’s working plan for the long-term future development of sports facilities across the region. The plan has been drawn up after hearing submissions from across the district’s sports codes.
The plan looks at the possible future use of existing parks and possible developments for the future. The document sets out the way Council is currently thinking and sports organisations and administrators may be interested in examining the proposals.
Marlborough District Council Outdoor Sports Facilities Plan Update October 2013
The following newsletter provides an update on the Marlborough District Council Outdoor Sports Facilities Plan since it was adopted by Council 18 months ago. The newsletter includes advancements made towards an Equestrian Park at the Bothams Bend site, a concept plan for the current Lansdowne Park and the development of an additional area to the north plus the beginning of an indoor sports facilities plan.
The Botham's Bend feasibility report was the first recommendation from the outdoor sports facilities hearing deliberation. The document is a joint collaboration between the Marlborough Equestrian Park Steering Group and Council staff. The report covers the basic infrastructure and access requirements to establish an equestrian park at Botham's Bend.
Lansdowne Park Development
The second recommendation from the hearing was to upgrade the quantity and quality of the facilities at Lansdowne Park and to evaluate the viability of accommodating a wider range of codes. Two feasibility studies have been undertaken to evaluate the possibilities for the development of Lansdowne Park.
This report looked at the feasibility of developing the area to the north of the stop bank including the inclusion of a dedicated softball facility. The report found that extending the sports fields into this area will offer increased capacity to existing users at Lansdowne Park, accommodate a new code at Lansdowne Park and mitigate the issue of the clash of codes and maintenance regimes at A & P Park. The field development of this area was prioritised for funding by Council for 2013-14.
This report and concept plan is the result of consultation with rugby, netball, touch, beach volleyball, softball, cricket and athletics. These sports codes have provided input in the development of a concept plan for the development of Lansdowne Park. This plan provides a concept which has been agreed by the sports codes and can be used for more detailed planning.