Grassroots motion returns to Lancaster Park in Christchurch

Lancaster Park in Christchurch has come full circle, returning to its origins as a group playground.

After the stadium, which was broken by earthquakes in 2018 and 2019, was demolished, the park has been rehabilitated and paved with new sports activities fields.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel formally reopened the park in a ceremony on Sunday morning.

Beneath the watchful eyes of dignitaries and the general public (together with dad and mom), the kids fell on the grass with bats and balls to present it a strive.

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Mayor Lianne Dalziel (centre) after chopping the ribbon on the official opening on Sunday.

The park might be used for youth sports activities – cricket in summer season and soccer, rugby and leagues in winter. It is going to be house to some native golf equipment.

Lancaster Park was first established as a sports activities discipline in 1880 and opened to the general public by an Act of Parliament in 1919.

Within the many years earlier than the earthquake, it hosted top-notch rugby and cricket, in addition to different sports activities together with monitor and discipline, in addition to outside live shows and different occasions.

Dalziel stated the park has a wealthy historical past and holds a particular place within the hearts of Cantabrians.

On Sunday, Komene Kururangi led members of the Otautahi Rugby Club in a haka dance.

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On Sunday, Komene Kururangi led members of the Otautahi Rugby Membership in a haka dance.

“Lancaster Park is a spot the place firsts are made, data are damaged, and reminiscences are made,” she stated.

Former Canterbury rugby consultant and Maori All Black Dallas Seymour welcomes the park’s return to group use after years of internet hosting excessive efficiency sports activities.

Work to revamp the positioning started final April, with contractors eradicating the stadium’s foundations and bringing in hundreds of truckloads of gravel and soil.

Over time, the Metropolis Council will add further facilities to the park, together with buildings and playgrounds. It has a $7 million price range for additional enhancements.

Young cricketers try the new look of Lancaster Park.

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Younger cricketers strive the brand new look of Lancaster Park.

Data set at Lancaster Park embody:

In 1888, bicycle owner Fred Wooden set a world file for the quarter mile on grass.

In 1935 Betty Snowball set the world file for the best variety of particular person innings in ladies’s cricket, a file that stood for 50 years.

1952 Bert Sutcliffe set a Kiwi’s highest ever cricket outcome.

In 1962 Peter Snell set the 800 meters and 800 yards working world data.

1973 Glenn Turner turned the primary New Zealander to attain a century in each Check innings.

1987 Pat Carrick turned the primary lady to referee a first-class cricket match.

1990 Richard Hadley turned the primary cricketer on the earth to take 400 Check wickets.

Nathan Astle achieved the quickest double century in cricket historical past in 2002.

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