Deep Creek Reserve sports field is getting an upgrade

28 April 2017

There will be more options for playing sport at Deep Creek Reserve in Torbay once the existing sports field is redeveloped.

Auckland Council has scheduled work to start in October 2017 that will transform the upper reserve sports field from soil to a fully-drained sand-carpet turf.
Huge demand on existing fields

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Chairperson Julia Parfitt says the redevelopment at Deep Creek Reserve is crucial because of the huge demand on existing sports fields in East Coast Bays.

“This upgrade will add another 12 hours a week of playing time at Deep Creek Reserve, which will help ease the pressure on our existing sports fields. It will provide sports teams with the opportunity to practise and play all year round, rain or shine,” she says.
What's planned?

New drainage, lighting and park facilities will provide more football training capacity, especially for junior grades and particularly during the winter months.

Plans include:

•    a three-quarter-size sand carpet football training pitch
•    a 20-space sealed car park with fully accessible public toilet and small changing room
•    more seating, trees and plants, and road frontage bollards.

The local community is being consulted on the final design of the sports field.
Increasing capacity

Grant Jennings, Auckland Council’s Principal Sports Parks Advisor, says the project is part of the council’s Sports Field Capacity Development Programme.

“This programme was developed to reduce sports field closures and increase the playing capacity of the region’s sports fields, to meet demand from the rapid growth of the city.

"Over the last five years [2012-2017], Auckland Council has provided an additional 1281 hours of field time for the Auckland community – this is equivalent to seven more weeks’ worth of one-hour trainings,” he says.

The upgrade is expected to be completed in May 2018. During construction and the grass grow-in period, the upper reserve will be fenced off to the public and unable to be used. However, construction will be scheduled to allow use for the 2018 winter football season.