The Douglas Track is to get a make-over.
Resurfacing the synthetic track will ensure that The Douglas Track and Field at The Trusts Arena will go on providing the best possible running surface for athletes of all types, from weekend joggers to those of world class who will go on enjoying one of the
premier athletic venues in not just Auckland, but in New Zealand.
Work on the track will begin in August and is expected to be completed by November.
The Trusts Arena Chief Executive Mark Gosling says that new tracks are usually laid every eight to 10 years and the Arena has been working for some time now with Regional Facilities Auckland to get the project over the line.
“The joint initiative with RFA will ensure that prestigious IAAF events can continue to be held at the track and that the facility is in great condition for the World Masters Games in April 2017.”
“In addition to this key event, we will see community groups benefiting every single day including the Waitakere Athletics Club, which is the home club for the track.”
Mr Gosling says that Arena management are aware that there will be an impact on regular users of the track and surrounding space and offer options at Arena Fitness for those interested in continuing to exercise indoors while the outdoor track is out of commission.
The Douglas Track and Field facility is one of the jewels in the sports and recreation complex known as The Trusts Arena. Fully equipped with lights, artificial Olympic sized track and all the facilities needed for field events it has been one of the premier athletics venues in Auckland since Mt Smart Stadium, venue for the 1990 Commonwealth Games, was converted to be primarily a rugby league and concert venue.
This fantastic facility has been attracting major IAAF events in recent years as well as being a regular training venue for the All Blacks and “home” to the Guy Fawkes spectacular, The Trusts Spooks and Sparks.
It is named for major sponsor Douglas Pharmaceuticals, the great West Auckland company created by Sir Graeme Douglas, industrialist, philanthropist and former athlete.