Basketball hoops for Waitārere Beach Domain

Published on 07 August 2018

Basketball at Waitarere Beach Domain.

Residents at Waitārere Beach now have the opportunity to learn basketball from a professional coach at their local park, thanks to the generosity of Dunkers basketball coach Mel Chandler and an upgrade to facilities at Waitārere Beach Domain.

Mr Chandler donated two basketball hoops and back boards, and worked with Horowhenua District Council, local resident Neil Perfect and the Waitārere Beach Progressive and Ratepayers Association to have them installed at the domain.

Council erected two poles in the tennis courts to enable the hoops to go up, and arranged line-marking of the courts to turn them into a multi-purpose surface that could be used for either basketball or tennis.

The poles and hoops were installed at the end of July and line marking was completed the following week.

Parks and Property Officer Rachel Carr said Council was delighted to support the initiative as part of a broader programme of planned upgrades to the domain under the Waitārere Beach Domain Development Plan. Other upgrades covered in the plan included planting in the area behind the tennis courts and gravelling of the path that links the domain to Taonui Street.

“This is a good example of how Council and the community can work together to make a positive difference that benefits everyone,” she said.

“Progressing the development plan for the domain has been a real partnership between Council and the Waitārere Beach Progressive and Ratepayers Association.”

Mr Chandler said he wanted to offer the Waitārere Beach community a positive and enjoyable pastime.

“It’s important to give people opportunities for recreation in their local area. I wanted to give people in Waitārere Beach the chance to get out, exercise and learn to play basketball – and have a lot of fun while they’re doing it.”

With the equipment now installed, Mr Chandler begins children’s coaching sessions after school on Wednesdays.