In the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, QEII Stadium, the home of Athletics Canterbury, was left red zoned and unusable to the community. This left Athletics Canterbury without a venue for competition, and Phoenix Athletic Club without a proper facility to use for training. The solution for Phoenix was relocating to Rannerdale Park on Suva Street in Upper Riccarton, with the support of Middleton Grange School, where we have been based since. Phoenix is now planning to develop Rannerdale into the best outdoor track and field training facility in Christchurch. A $240,000 design has been approved for construction by Middleton Grange School and the project has entered the fundraising stage. The facility will be completely available to the public, membership to Phoenix Athletic Club or Middleton Grange School will not be required.
The facility will consist of a straight 73 m track consisting of four 1.25 m lanes, a high jump apron 30 m in length, starting with a width of 20 m and ending with a width of 15 m, and a 100 m curved track consisting of four 1.25 m lanes that run through the high jump apron, merging with the 70 m track. The design includes the renovation of the current long jump set up, replacing the existing 27 m run up with a 65 m approach that will connect two pits.
The proposed design has been approved for construction by Middleton Grange School and is in the fundraising stage. Funds are being applied for through charitable grants and corporate sponsorship.
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