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Milestone Day for Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park & New Sports Coordinator Announced

30 August 2013

The Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park amenity block is available to the public from Monday 2nd September along with the netball and tennis courts.

Sports and recreation groups, key stakeholders and local media toured the Sports Park to view inside the facilities and discuss opportunities that the facility will provide for sport, recreation and community groups.

Sportspark tour august 2013

"It's fantastic to be part of this phase in the development of the Sports Park," says Thames-Coromandel District Chief Executive David Hammond. "We have a vision for Whitianga in terms of recreation, health and education and the Sports Park facility is part of this jigsaw"

"We want Whitianga and the greater Mercury Bay to be an area where families choose to come and live, and having a Sports Park is a real anchor project," says Mr Hammond.

The amenity block, which includes men's and women's showers and changing rooms, can be hired for an annual fee of $300, $30 for a full day or $20 for half-day hire. (GST included). Block C of the amenity building will be used to store sports equipment for a fee of $20 per cubic metre. There is also an area to house groundskeepers equipment and vehicles. To read the full list of fees and charges go here

Meanwhile the public and disabled toilets will be open for free public use during the hours of daylight. 

Sportspark tour2 august 2013

Fees and charges for hiring the netball and tennis courts will take effect from January 2013 and bookings will take priority over any free public use. The turf on the five sports fields is currently being reinstated due to poor growth in the past year. The playing fields will be coming on stream by April 2014. With the turf starting to be regrown from September we ask that the public please stay off the fields.

A shared social space has been identified as important in helping to attract and retain sports teams and recreations groups to use the facility.

The foyer area in the amenity block will be used as a temporary function space until a longer term option has been arranged.

Council has no budget to purchase or build a function room area so any funding will be sought from external sources such as charitable trusts and funding providers. This will be facilitated by the Mercury Bay Recreation Trust in consultation with sporting codes.

Some very minor construction work will also be completed around the Sports Park over the next few weeks. This includes carpark marking, a swale drain being put in beside the netball and tennis courts to prevent flooding and some grassing around the front of the amenity block.

An official launch of the facility is planned for April 2014.

To arrange to hire or book areas of the Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park facility contact coordinator Sue Costello by email

New Sports Coordinator Announced

Sue Costello

Local Whitianga resident Sue Costello is the new Mercury Bay Recreation Programme Coordinator.

Sue Costello will be responsible for the management of the Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park and liaison for anyone wanting to book the facility. She'll also be working with groups both locally, regionally and nationally to promote sports and recreation opportunities in the Mercury Bay.

"Because this is a new position there is so much potential and I'm really excited to have the opportunity to make my mark," says Mrs Costello.  "We've got this great facility and we now need to promote it and ensure it's well used by everyone. I'm also mindful that the Sports Park also needs to be financially sustainable."

"Sue will be a great asset to our team and the Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park project as she brings a range of sport and community skills to this role," says Mercury Bay Area Manager Sam Marshall.  

With a Bachelor of Commerce from Lincoln University, Mrs Costello also has a background in tourism and marketing. She lives in Whitianga with her family, where she has had a strong involvement with the Mercury Bay Rugby Club, volunteering as club secretary for the past eight years and taking over as treasurer three years ago.

"The Rugby Club has a facility that includes squash courts, a gym and a bar, while soccer is also played on the club fields and we host the sea scouts club too, so I have a good knowledge about how to run and manage a facility," says Mrs Costello.

The Mercury Bay Recreation Programme Coordinator position is a full-time role funded through the Sport NZ Active Communities Investment.  The position is for a two-year period and reporting to the Thames-Coromandel District Council. The position will work closely with the Mercury Bay Multi Sport Park Steering Group and Mercury Bay Recreation Trust.  

Contact Sue Costello by email