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I'm a writer blogger who has been resident in the Hutt Valley since the late 1960's. I'm a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I have seen many people come and go over the years, seen many things good and bad. Time to remember whanau
Published March 29th 2019

Sportsville Hutt City was a partnership project led by the Hutt City Council in Lower Hutt City and is supported by other sporting bodies and trusts such as SPARC, Sport Wellington, New Zealand Community Trust and the Pelorus Trust.

The tenet was the focus on collaboration, not amalgamation. Each club within Sportsville will retain its own individual and historical identity within a very strong support network. There are several sportsville-type projects proposed for different regions around New Zealand.

The Ricoh Sports Centre has been officially opened and is now open for business.

Lower Hutt is the proud new home of the biggest sports hub in the region, with the opening of Fraser Park Sportsville based in the Ricoh Sports Centre.

Mayor Ray Wallace opened the $12.5 million facility recently and predicted it would be a game changer for sport regionally and nationally.

"Squash courts, softball, football, hockey, rugby, cricket and other multi-sport facilities will attract international, national and local competitors, tournaments and matches," he said.

The Journey:

Fraser Park Sportsville was launched in 2009 and is presently the largest district sporting hub. They signed the Sportsville constitution in April 2010, signalling their future commitment to the partnership. In June 2010, an independent board was appointed to lead the new entity and in May 2011, the strategy was finalised and a manager Trudy Englebretsen was appointed. Fraser Park Sportsville was finally on its journey.

The consultation phase for the future redevelopment of Fraser Park, one of the largest of its type in the Wellington region has been completed.

Phase 1: The development and construction of three all-weather softball diamonds and an all-weather artificial turf to be shared by rugby union and soccer football. Both projects were completed and used competitively in 2016.

Phase 2: Ricoh Sports Centre completed:

There was already a lot of interest from sporting codes looking to hold major events, he said.

At 27 hectares, Fraser Park is the biggest sporting ground in the region.

As well as the new clubrooms the ground features an international softball diamond, three lime based and four grass diamonds, five rugby and 11 football fields, nine touch fields, one junior baseball field, three grass wickets and four artificial strips for cricket and a floodlit synthetic hockey turf.

The Sports Centre was built to 130 per cent of New Building Standard and will become a community hub after a large earthquake.

The clubs involved are Avalon Rugby Club, Hutt Valley Dodgers Softball Club, Fraser Park Squash, Mitchell Park Squash, Hutt Valley Softball Association, Lower Hutt City Football Club, Naenae Hockey Club, Taita District Cricket Club and Wellington Regional Hockey Stadium Trust.
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Why? The major sporting hub in Lower hutt
When: All year round
Where: Fraser Park, Taita
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