Park ready for synthetic turf
GLADSTONE Hockey Association has set wheels in motion to lay its synthetic turf field as soon as possible and president Dave Burns is already looking at the long-term future of Rigby Park.
An original field inspection gave the organisation a quote of $1.4 million to install the much- anticipated new playing surface, but the grounds will be re-evaluated either this week or next week for a final quote.
GHA was granted $945,000 towards the project when the Federal Government announced almost $2 million dollars in funding would be distributed between five sporting club in the region.
In April, Burns was outspoken about the fact Gladstone had not been delivered a turf field and told The Observer the organisation “had about half-a-million dollars in total”, but needed up to $1.4 million for the upgrade.
But a synthetic field isn't the only thing on the president's mind.
With the approval of the Gladstone Hockey Association Burns plans to produce a blueprint for the grounds in the long term.
The proposal would include a new clubhouse and alternative parking to relieve the pressure from Dawson Road.
But Burns stressed the urgency of the turf installation, a project he considers as long overdue.
“We needed it yesterday,” he said. “I have doubts we'll have the ground ready for this year's final, but that doesn't bother me, I'm just glad we've finally got the thing.”
Burns said it would definitely be ready before the end of the year.
The president said the GHA was proud of the high quality of the grass grounds at present and wanted to maintain that standard for the future.
“We want something the Gladstone people can be proud of,” he said.