Construction of a new Rototuna sports park started last week, as part of Hamilton City council's commitment to improve community facilities.
The park, on the corner of Bourn Brook Ave and Kimbrae Dr in Rototuna, has a concept plans for five sports pitches, available for a range of codes in 2020.
The park will link with Rototuna Junior and Senior High schools and the future Rototuna Town Centre through a new low-speed predominantly pedestrian link.
Stage one of the Rototuna sports park has already been completed with in-site investigations and design as well as enabling works involving bulk earthworks and construction of storm water and potable water infrastructure.
Stage two involves turning the site into a functional sports park with opportunities for active and informal recreation.
In the coming year works will develop sports fields and landscaping , alongside design of toilets, changing rooms and a park maintenance facility as part of the third stage.
Hamilton's continued strong growth has created increased demand for sports fields and community facilities.
Council research in 2013 identified a need for more winter sport capacity by 2021, and earlier this year the council allocated funding in the 2018-2028 10-Year Plan for development of the new connecting road and the sports park, which will provide more fields, not only for the Rototuna community but also the wider network across the city.
The $5.8 million contract was awarded to TIC Contracting Limited which has partnered with Pemberton Civil to undertake the work.