Facilities, Sport & recreation  |  1 Dec 2020

Proposed new changing rooms for North Hagley Park are a step closer following Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board support.

The Community Board has recommended that the Christchurch City Council agrees to start public consultation on a proposed new building and a lease variation so that the new building can sit in an area overseen by the North Hagley Community, Sports and Recreation Trust Board.

The charitable trust includes three clubs that use the park – the High School Old Boys’ Rugby Football Club (HSOB), the Christchurch Pétanque Club and the United Croquet Club.

The trust proposes that the building – including showers and toilets – sit on a former bowling green.

At present, the HSOB changing rooms are off Hagley Park.

The building will also be available to other groups using the local playing fields or the club site.

The trust will be responsible for building and maintaining the facility, with HSOB managing the changing rooms.

Community Board Chairperson Alexandra Davids says that new changing rooms are “well overdue” for the busy park site.

“Fresh facilities are important, particularly during the bleak winter months,” Ms Davids says.

“By opening up the proposed changing rooms to other groups and those attending events nearby, we can also improve park accessibility for more people.

“The proposed amenities will also greatly upgrade the multi-use site.”