Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester has announced the Wellington City Council will receive a proposal to retain and strengthen the Basin Reserve’s Museum Stand.
Cricket Wellington have been intimately involved throughout the process that has led to this proposal and are in full support of its recommendation regarding the Museum Stand’s future.
The proposed retention of the Museum Stand is part of the Basin Reserve’s Master Plan which has already seen the RA Vance Stand and scoreboard refurbished.
The ongoing commitment to embracing and preserving the ground’s unique built heritage has also seen the historic Groundsman’s Shed restored as part of these works.
Cricket Wellington CEO, Cam Mitchell, is pleased that iconic ground’s redevelopment is continuing,
“The Basin Reserve has been part of the Wellington community for more than 150 years and its great to see that heritage embraced at the same time as we shape the ground for the modern demands of international sport.
“Cricket Wellington have been involved throughout this process and we’re pleased to see it reach such a positive outcome with the Mayor’s announcement.”
With the landscape for cricket match hosting becoming increasingly competitive within New Zealand, this recommendation is important for the Basin Reserve’s long-term viability as an international cricket venue.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White applauded the proposal to refurbish the Museum Stand, saying the decision represented the best of both worlds.
“This will help update the Basin Reserve to the demands and requirements of modern cricket, while also helping to preserve and celebrate the rich heritage of the ground,” said Mr White. “It’s a win-win.
“Much of the character of the Basin Reserve ground stems from the great history behind it – and we think it’s appropriate and fitting that features such as the Museum Stand are retained.”
While the proposal on the Museum Stand is the first step in the next phase of the Basin Reserve’s development, Cam Mitchell outlines Cricket Wellington are positive about that future,
“We look forward to working with the Council and the community on ensuring the Basin Reserve continues to be an integral part of the city for generations to come.”