Napier's future revealed at open day

By Victoria White

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Futsal was one of the activities participants could try out at Saturday's open day. PHOTO/KIRSTEN SIMCOX
Futsal was one of the activities participants could try out at Saturday's open day. PHOTO/KIRSTEN SIMCOX

Napier residents enjoyed a glimpse of a future in motion, at a showcase event over the weekend.

Held at Pettigrew Green Arena on Saturday, "the Future in Motion" open day was an opportunity for people of all ages to try their hand at new sports, and discover the various sporting projects offered by Napier City Council.

Joining residents was Olympic gold medallist Mahe Drysdale, who spoke at the event, sharing the story of his road to success, and offering sporting and training tips.

People were also able to try their hand at new sports, and to shoot, row, cycle or kick for prizes.

Ivan Aplin, immediate Past President of Cycling New Zealand Road and Track, said it had been a great event.

"I thought it was a really good day, and a good opportunity for people," he said.

"Napier's in pretty good heart in terms of what they're trying to do."

Adults, and children, had enjoyed giving futsal a go, and trying their best on the two types of bikes available - the stationary watt bikes, or track bikes around a course.

Napier mayor Bill Dalton said was a good opportunity for council to showcase their projects.

The day was also about consultation with the public, he said, who enjoyed a glimpse of the future - with the council offering a range of information on the various council sporting projects either underway, or proposed.

A panel answered questions from the floor on a "range of different questions", providing information on the various projects.

This included updates on Anderson Park's Destination Playground, the Napier Skate Park, and Napier Splash n Play at Pandora Pond.

Insights were also given on the proposed multi-use sports facility, and the Napier Aquatic Centre upgrade and how that fits into the Napier Aquatic Strategy.

However he was disappointed with the turnout, "all projects come under criticism, but this was a great opportunity for people to raise their concerns".

"I'm disappointed more people didn't take advantage of that," he said.

Consultation is currently underway with residents and ratepayers to help inform a detailed business case about the Napier Aquatic Centre and options for its future, to be presented to Napier City Council next month.

If the detailed business case for the multi-use sports facility stacks up, its most likely site is adjacent to the Pettigrew.Green Arena.

For use by all ages and abilities, the facility's three full-sized basketball courts would be particularly useful to sporting codes such as volleyball, futsal and basketball.

Representatives from these codes have already told Council that they are running out of, or have already run out of space to hold games.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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