Internationals Spiritual Home Of Rugby League To Become Retirement Village

Jesbass_old

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From www.nzherald.co.nz:

Carlaw Park's historic No 1 ground is to be turned into a retirement village.

The agreement between Auckland Rugby League and developers Vision Senior Living cements the end of the spiritual home of league in the city.

Under the deal, Vision will lease and develop the ground from the ARL, which retains ownership.

The ARL had already sold the No 2 ground to property company Willis Bond & Co, which is turning it into a residential and commercial precinct.

ARL chairman Cameron McGregor said the project would keep the Carlaw Park name so its heritage lives on. It was an investment for the future.

"As a football ground, certainly it was over from the day we couldn't get any political support for developing a new ground. The ARL don't have sufficient resources to develop a stadium on our own."

A $23 million deal signed in April 2003 retaining Mt Smart Stadium as the home of the Warriors ended the ARL's hope of revamping the park, and spelled the end of Carlaw Park's role in league.

Earthworks for the retirement village are expected to start in September, while construction of the 180-unit development will begin early next year. The first stage consisting of 90 independent living apartments is expected to be completed by mid-2008.

Vision owns and manages five "retirement resorts" in Henderson, Botany Downs, Hamilton, Bay of Islands and Bay of Plenty.


CARLAW PARK

* Originally the site of a flour mill, and later a Chinese market garden, grandstands and terraces were built in 1916. Auckland Rugby League made the park its home in 1921.

* Between 1924 and 1995, it was the site of 59 of 95 home tests for the Kiwis before maintenance issues and the lack of corporate and media facilities and parking sent the New Zealand Rugby League first to North Harbour Stadium in Albany and then to Mt Smart Stadium.
 

playdaball_old

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ONETRIBECHIEF said:
sad but Carlaw Park was just in the wrong position

Many would argue that geographically it is the correct position. Just go to the Cake tin to see evidence of this!
 

Northern_Union

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real sad that the grand old lady will be no more. Personally i believe the Warriors should have moved into Carlaw from the get go....but as fate has it, it was just never to be.
I have fond memories as a young fellow of both playing there and being in the stands. I remember looking on in awe when us little guys had finished our half time game with the crowd giving us a big cheer and then seeing the big boys from Otahuhu and Glenora (i think?) running back out to the ground either side of us.....for a young fella like me it was like seeing 26 supermen either side of me.
We also got to sit right at the front of the old wooden stand that day and we got to watch our heros in action.
I also remember watching my brother making his first grade debute at prop for City Pt Chev (or it might have been City Newton back then).
I also have pictures of my dad playing for his club team Ponsonby and for Auckland under 21s...man the grand old lady was always packed back then.
I doubt we'll ever see those days again. And while Mt Smart has it's own character....it just isn't a Carlaw park.
 

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