The Franklin Local Board, together with the Karaka Sports Park Trust, will be asking the Auckland Council Governing Body to set aside around $30 million in the 10-year budget to develop the current Karaka Sports Park into a multi-sport facility.
Improvements to the existing site, on the corner of Linwood and Blackbridge Roads in Karaka, is the Franklin Local Boards One Local Initiative (OLI) advocacy project, which aims to develop the existing Karaka Sports Park into a successful standalone multi-sports park and a community hub.
The Karaka Sports Park Trust was established in 2010 to drive the development of the centre’s facilities in partnership with Auckland Council (the landowner), user groups and the community. Nicky Swan, Karaka Vintage Day committee member, said that the current facilities are too small for what can be offered and so the park is not being fully utilized. She said that proposed plans include five kms of walking tracks around the park as well as an indoor cricket facility, gym, cafe and a destination playground with splash pads, making the multi-sports park attractive to Franklin residents.
While the existing site includes multi-sport grounds, bowling club, play centre, war memorial hall and museum the newly planned facilities could make the sports park the regional home to many other sporting codes and clubs—perhaps even Counties Baseball and Counties Cricket.
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