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Nostaligic farewell to QE 11 park
« on: December 10, 2012, 08:35:14 PM »
Nostalgic farewell to QE II park
FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 05:00 10/12/2012

Former employees, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Christchurch residents have farewelled QE II park.

Dick Tayler, gold medallist at the 1974 Commonwealth Games held at the park, was joined by Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, Sir Ron Scott and Bruce Ullrich yesterday as residents reminisced about the park's history through to the February 22, 2011 earthquake.

Scott and Ullrich were involved in bringing the Commonwealth Games to Christchurch in 1974.

"I have seen [the park] grow over the years to become a place where people and families came to use it. Some days it was a struggle to get a carpark," Tayler said.

"My dream is to have a new QE II in Christchurch." Chisnallwood Intermediate's jazz big band entertained the crowd of up to 100.

"I can certainly remember watching those games in 1974, and that race [which Dick Tayler won]," Chisnallwood principal Richard Paton said.

"Those events were special."

He also remembered the park used for school athletics and inter-school competitions.

"When you look back at the pile of rubble that was once such an outstanding flagship of our city, it's a sad sight."

Pam Winter, of North Beach, used to take her children to the park for swimming club and sports.

"I can't believe it's gone," she said.

"I was bringing my grandchildren here up until the week before the earthquake. It's really sad."
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Re: Nostaligic farewell to QE 11 park
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2012, 09:22:03 PM »
Good story Suezy.
 Not alot turned up for this as it was not well known.
"Some days it was a struggle to get a carpark," Tayler said.
 I would say most days it was a struggle to get a carpark. :(
We are still working on geting
Burnside Park as our new running track.
 I dont think we will get a new QE11 its not on our 10 year plan.
Athletics N.Z is looking for some where for a new A grade stadium may be it will be Christchurch.

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Re: Nostaligic farewell to QE 11 park
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2012, 01:46:08 PM »
I never even saw it advertised nor did I hear about it on the radio either.  Thoroughly agree there.
Why not your club write to Gerry Brownlee regarding getting Burnside - I am sure if you got other clubs behind you and they each wrote in too - he will take it into consideration.

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Re: Nostaligic farewell to QE 11 park
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2012, 05:12:11 PM »
Athletics Canterbury are after some of the park for all clubs Suezy and its up to the Burnside Rugby club
if they want us there.
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Work to begin on Nga Puna Wai athletics track
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2017, 08:13:52 PM »
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/89900711/Work-to-begin-on-Nga-Puna-Wai-athletics-track

JAMIE SMALL
Last updated 11:03, March 1 2017


Christchurch's Nga Puna Wai athletics track will be up and running within a year.
Work will begin on the Halswell site this month.
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel celebrated the imminent development of the long-awaited athletics track with an afternoon of sports and speeches on Tuesday.

Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub will combine facilities for four sports – athletics, hockey, tennis, rugby league and community sports – on a 32-hectare section.
The athletics track will be completed in January 2018, and the other sport surfaces, facilities and community playing fields will open from autumn 2018.
The international-standard athletics track will serve Christchurch as well as Selwyn and Waimakariri districts.
More than $40 million is required for the first stage of the hub project.
About $37.5 million is already ring-fenced for the core playing surfaces, and more of the hub will be developed as fundraising continues throughout 2017.



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