A brand new chapter in Lancaster Park’s wealthy historical past begins this weekend.

The long-lasting sports activities floor was demolished after the Christchurch earthquakes, however a brand new model of the park has risen from the ashes and will probably be formally opened at a ceremony on Sunday.

Since its first occasion – an athletics assembly – on October 15, 1881, Lancaster Park has been the scene of many sporting triumphs and defeats.

Athletics, cricket, hockey, tennis, squash, biking, trotting and all varieties of soccer have taken place there.

Within the early years, the park even had a swimming pool the place swimming championships have been held and water polo was performed.

The park has additionally hosted carnivals, festivals, royal and papal visits, and rock live shows.

Its reign as the house of the game in Christchurch got here to a shattering finish 11 years in the past when the earthquake broken the stadium past restore.

However now that each one indicators of the previous stadium have disappeared and Lancaster Park has turned again to inexperienced fields, it is as soon as once more prepared for soccer boots and whistle, cricket bat and referee shouts.

“That is the start of a brand new chapter for Lancaster Park,” stated Andrew Rutledge, Christchurch Metropolis Council’s Parks Director.

“This will probably be a spot the place sport is performed at a neighborhood degree and the place younger youngsters can get their first style of competitors and start their sporting journey.

“It will likely be a coaching floor, a taking part in subject and a gathering place for the neighborhood.”

In winter, the sports activities fields are used for rugby and soccer. Cricket is performed in the summertime.

The fields are surrounded by a round path and public open areas.

Lancaster Park’s Memorial Gates, erected on Stevens Avenue in 1924 to commemorate the victims of the Canterbury athletes through the First World Struggle, have survived and are presently being restored.

Work can be underway to make sure that Lancaster Park’s historical past is rarely forgotten.

Reminiscences of the previous are positioned across the park for individuals to see and listen to its historical past.

Rutledge stated there’s a scarcity of open house within the Charlesworth space and vital demand within the metropolis’s southeast for extra entry to sports activities grounds.

“The redevelopment of Lancaster Park allowed us to handle each points and supply the local people with an important park that’s steeped in historical past and a particular a part of the material of Christchurch.

“This place has lengthy been related to Canterbury sport and its sporting heroes.

“I’ve little question {that a} future sports activities hero’s profession will emerge from Lancaster Park reborn.

“It is implausible to know that there’s a complete new technology of youngsters coming right here to play their first matches of rugby, soccer and cricket and that the local people can calm down and revel in themselves right here,” says Rutledge.

The restored Lancaster Park will probably be blessed after which formally opened by Mayor Lianne Dalziel on Sunday morning at 9.30am.

The ceremony will happen on the Stevens St entrance.

After the ribbon is reduce, junior cricket, rugby and soccer gamers will be capable of stroll onto the newly planted fields for the primary time.

The neighborhood is welcome to attend the ceremony, Rutledge stated.

Parking is obtainable at Lismore St, Wilsons Rd North and Stevens St.

Lancaster Park has been the location of numerous record-breaking occasions:

In 1888, bike owner Fred Wooden set a world file for 1 / 4 mile on grass.
1935 Betty Snowball set a world file for the very best single innings in girls’s cricket, which stood for 50 years.
In 1952, Bert Sutcliffe achieved the very best cricket rating ever by a New Zealander.
In 1962, Peter Snell set world data for the 800 meters and 800 yards.
In 1973 Glenn Turner grew to become the primary New Zealander to obtain a century in every innings of a cricket Check.
In 1987, Pat Carrick grew to become the primary girl to officiate a first-class cricket match.
In 1990, Richard Hadlee grew to become the primary cricketer on this planet to 400 Check wickets.
2002 Nathan Astle achieved the quickest double century ever in cricket.

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