Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Shortsighted stadium

Site of the proposed Indoor Sports Stadium in Evans BayWell, they've gone and done it. Today's Dominion Post has a front page story announcing that the council is going with the Evans Bay site for the indoor stadium, rather than next to the Westpac Stadium. As I said earlier, this is a terribly wasteful use of land, displaces existing sports, won't be used for national or international fixtures, and makes it much harder for people to get there on foot or via public transport. Not only that, but the intended users say it will be too small, and they've had to include 200 car parks to appease the local residents. Two hundred! But hey, it's cheaper in the short term, so why worry about the bigger picture?

Update: the council has a justification for the decision on their website. They are now emphasising its role as a community sports centre, rather than the more professional facility that Wellington Basketball had been lobbying for. In this context, the decision makes more sense, since they say that "there are 40 schools within five kilometres of Cobham Park and 14 within two kilometres, as opposed to 21 within five kilometres of the Westpac Stadium and nine within two kilometres". $29 million seems like an awful lot for a school sports centre, though.


At 9:29 am, February 27, 2006, Blogger Kate Borrell said...

Seems like a bad use of tax payers funds.

And to think they shrunk the Westpac Stadium.

At 9:53 am, February 27, 2006, Blogger Will de Cleene said...

This will screw up the Mt Vic tunnel even more, won't it? Oh well, at least high visibility naming rights make it all worthwhile.

At 4:00 pm, February 27, 2006, Blogger Br3nda of coffee.geek.nz said...

or they could improve public transport to evans bay.....

this whole changing from bus to train thing is silly.
how 'bout a train to the airport?

At 8:14 pm, February 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, given my opinion of Mark Blumsky, it would be hard to make him look good. But Kerry is doing a sterling job.

ObConspiracyTheory: The right wing of the council - you know, the faction who, like Margaret Thatcher, think a "man of 26 on a bus is a failure in life" - want to exacerbate the existing traffic problems from the tunnel through to Rongotai in the hope of obtaining more Transit funding so as to concrete over more of the city.


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