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Canterbury Cricket Trust receives approval to build new Hagley Park sports centre

Canterbury Cricket Trust receives approval to build new Hagley Park sports centre
March 15, 2021

Christchurch City Council has approved the Canterbury Cricket Trust’s plans to demolish the Hagley Sports Centre - formerly known as the Horticultural Hall – allowing it to proceed with building a new sports centre.

The new centre will provide much-improved indoor community facilities, including changing rooms and toilets. The changing facilities will be available to support international sports events, including the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.

The Canterbury Cricket Trust will be responsible for the new build. It has held the site lease since 2017 after acquiring the building – built in the 1960s – from the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the new centre will be a modern sports facility for the future, supporting local cricket and community sport.

Mayor Dalziel notes “It will ensure that we have the indoor training space for local cricketers and provide extra facilities for events such as the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup next year.

“A quality indoor facility also draws more people to the city.”

The trust plans to use the building for indoor cricket training and coaching. Other community sports will be able to use the centre when not required for cricket purposes.

The Council has also supported a new building name, the Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre.

Under the lease, the Council can approve the demolition and replacement of the building in the leased area.

In North Hagley Park, the Council has also approved new changing rooms that will boost local amenities. The decision follows a Hearings Panel recommendation supporting a lease change to allow for the new building, noting the benefits to park users.

The changing rooms – including showers and toilets – will sit on a former bowling green, in an area overseen by the North Hagley Community, Sports and Recreation Trust Board. The facilities will be available to groups using the local playing fields or the site, with the trust responsible for building and maintenance.

Image courtesy Christchurch City Council at

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