Wakatipu sports fields shutting for renovations


Sports fields and reserves around the Wakatipu Basin will be closed for the next few weeks to allow the grass to grow. 

Lakes Leisure is carrying out a spring turf renovation programme around the district, with fields reopening after Labour Weekend on October 26. 

Turf manager Pete Domigan says for about three months a year over winter, grass doesn’t grow, so it needs a break to recover from damage done during the winter sports season. 

Work on the turf will include verti-draining, top dressing, fertilising and sowing new seed. 

“Spring is really the only chance we get to do this stuff when there’s a bit of a gap between summer and winter codes. 

“The spring renovation programme and consequent field closure is essential to ensuring that we not only maintain but improve the quality of the turf for the benefit of all our sports groups,” Domigan says. 

“Weather and ground conditions may affect the renovation schedule but we will do our best to ensure any disruption to field use is kept to a minimum,” he adds. 

Until Labour Weekend, work will be carried out at Queenstown Events Centre sports fields, Millbrook Corner, Queenstown Recreation Ground, Arrowtown’s Jack Reid Park, Jack’s Point Sports Field, Wanaka Recreation Reserve, Warren Park, Pembroke Park, Lake Hayes Estate multi-sports pitch, Allenby Park, Lake Hayes Showgrounds and Lake Hawea Sports Field.