Access to Cooks Gardens temporarily closed - 19/01/2011Infrastructure and Property Committee Chair Cr Ray Stevens today said access to Cooks Gardens has been temporarily closed while the athletics track is being resurfaced.
“The resurfacing of the track will enhance our asset and it’s important that the work is carried out without any disruption,” Cr Stevens said.
“To allow the contractors to get on with the job and ensure no-one goes onto the track until the resurfacing has been completed, we have decided to temporarily close access to Cooks Gardens for at least a week.
“Although there will be some minor inconvenience for a short period of time, I’m sure the community will appreciate that this is essential work to upgrade an important asset.”
The resurfacing process involves grinding off the top surface of the track using a specialised grinding machine. Hand grinders are used for the edge work. The contractor then applies a primer over the entire surface and masks the edge areas.
A polyurethane is applied, and then granule is applied over the entire surface. Excess coating and masking tape will then be removed.
The track will then be line marked to IAAF standards and the track and field area certified for Class 2 Certificate.
The entire project will cost $376,000. This includes line marking and the Class 2 certification.
Work is scheduled for completion by February 5 and the track will be ready for use during the New Zealand Masters Games.