Sport and adventure growing theme for Thames 21 December 2020 Major milestones have been achieved for the Thames Indoor Sport Facility and Karaka mountain bike track projects. Thames Indoor Sport Facility tender awarded Stanley Construction Ltd has been awarded the Thames Indoor Sport Facility Detailed Design and Build contract. "We're looking forward to working with Stanley Construction and Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Team Architects on the process of taking the preliminary design through the final detailed design and build phase of the project," says Thames Area Manager Greg Hampton. "The final confirmed design and build cost will be presented to Council for approval next February," Mr Hampton says. "If approved, Stanley Construction will begin construction in April 2016." Thames Community Board Chair, Strat Peters says this is a significant milestone for the three-part Active Thames 2018 project. "The indoor court facility will finally deliver an appropriate two court facility with one new full-size court that will bring our facilities up to the level appropriate for local and sub-regional needs," says Mr Peters. The Active Thames 2018 Project includes the Porritt Park Skate Park, and the Rhodes Park grandstand and clubroom replacement which is programmed for 2017/18. The tender process was approved in July 2015 and the provisional design has been available on our website since February 2015 as a 25MB PDF download here. The tender process also established a provisional maximum construction price for the facility that is within budget. You can see the Business Case on our website here. Fundraising will continue throughout the remainder of the project with a focus also on Rhodes Park and the skate park. Karaka mountain bike track work approved New mountain bike track bridges will take riders deeper into the historical Karaka Track in the Coromandel Forest Park in Thames. Our Council has given permission for two new bridges and a boardwalk to be constructed by the Thames Mountain Bike Club (TMBC) with support from Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) and organisers of the Surf 2 Firth race, and then gifted to our Council upon completion. Originally created to give access to mining claims, the Karaka track attracts walkers and tramping clubs and is used for events such as the annual Surf 2 Firth race. The work, funded by the Club with help from a $15,000 Trailfund grant, will also provide a high standard walking and cycling trail circuit for Thames, connecting the Karaka and Waiotahi tracks for recreational use. The new track structures will have more safety features than normal Back Country Adventurer tracks, making it equally suitable for less-experienced walkers, including children. Located within 600 meters of the Thames urban area, the finished construction will provide day visitors to Thames with a safe 90-minute-plus hiking experience. LandSAR operations will also benefit with easier access from the Thames urban area for search and rescue operations in back country, previously impassable when water levels were high.