New Waverley Courts Opened
Friday, March 01, 2013
South Taranaki District Mayor Ross Dunlop served up the official opening of the new Waverley Courts in Aotea Park on 28 February.
Mayor Ross, who is a keen tennis player, congratulated the community on the work they had done to secure a wonderful asset for the town and the Council for supporting the project. He also thanked the funders who had contributed to the project.
While the new courts were finished in December and have seen a lot of use over the summer months the official opening was held off until school returned. The courts are marked for tennis, netball and hockey practice. Three moveable tennis nets and two sets of netball goals were also purchased as part of the project.
The Waverley Urban Upgrade Group lead the project running four shows to fundraise for the courts and promoting an individual pledge scheme which raised over $4000 for the courts. Waverley Lions helped with fencing off the site and Taranaki Veterinary Services donated timber for the backboard.
The cost of the courts was $184,000 with additional funding coming from South Taranaki District Council through the Urban Upgrade Fund, Powerco Wanganui Trust, New Zealand Community Trust, Whanganui Community Foundation, McBroom Estate, Southern Trust, Waverley Health Watch, Patea Community Board and the Waverley Chamber of Commerce.
Following the opening Wanganui tennis coaches Wilton Atkins and Michele Low ran activities for Waverley Primary School children on the new courts.