When Metro Park East in Millwater is busy with sports activities, parking is at a premium.
According to Hockey Hibiscus Trust chair Merv Huxford, around 65 percent of the vehicles are parking on surrounding grass. There is also a drainage issue in the carpark, and not enough metal to cover muddy areas.
This is particularly affecting the hockey turf, as mud is being tracked from the carpark and grass onto the turf via people’s shoes.
To work properly, the hockey turf needs to drain perfectly and have a clean pad underneath, as it relies on rainwater.
Merv raised his concerns with the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, and Council staff are looking into possible solutions.