Community engagement scores big results
Newly resurfaced tennis courts in Whiritoa are sure to be a hit this summer.
Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams said the project, to upgrade the existing asphalt courts with synthetic grass, is a text book case of what can be achieved when the community and the Council work together.
“This is a fantastic example of a motivated community acing the opportunity to add value to a project,” he said.
“The positive engagement between the tennis club and Council has been outstanding from beginning to end, and a model for future projects.”
Whiritoa Tennis Club adds own spin to upgrade
Originally, the Council had a budget of $25,000 to resurface the asphalt, but Whiritoa Tennis Club members had their sights set a little higher.
“We saw an opportunity to upgrade to a longer wearing, high performance synthetic grass with embedded sand,” said club spokesperson David Utting,
“We asked the Council if we could raise an additional $26,000 and build something better and they said 'yes you can’.”
With no time to sit on the side-lines, the club served up a hugely successful fundraising campaign and the new astro turf was ready in time for the October school holidays.
“At times, we thought we might have bitten off more than we could chew”, David said. “It’s been an 18-month process, and a few moments needed umpiring, but with the community behind us, the project started to snowball into something doable. It’s a win-win for Whiritoa residents and Council and we’re very happy with the result.”
New members welcome
The official opening of the new surface is on Saturday 26 October. New members are welcome. A key for the courts is $22.00 a year. Anyone interested can contact Cheryl White on 07 865 8077.