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Sports Village Proposal

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sports Village Proposal

A new sports village is being planned for Smallbone Park which could see Rotorua Hockey, Rotorua Cricket and Springfield Golf Club all move into a joint, state-of-the-art facility.

The three sports clubs and organisations currently operate out of separate buildings within a close area, off Devon St.

Plans have been thrown around for a couple of years to build a shared club house, and representatives from each club have now set up a project group to move the development forward.

Sport Bay of Plenty community sport team leader David Mortimore, speaking on behalf of the project group, said they were in the process of making a joint trust.

"Up until now it has been a little bit conceptual and now it is about moving it forward and making it more of a reality," Mr Mortimore said. "The three sports organisations are all involved and are all working hard to operate their sports, working out of three different buildings at the same location.

"And, I guess, this offers an opportunity to share resources, reduce costs and to share membership ... and is probably more sustainable."

According to architectural drawings, the state-of-the-art facility will include a two-storey building with a reception, golf shop, large social areas and lounges, plus an indoor batting area. Two smaller buildings for changing rooms are also included in the plans.

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