The changing face of Maidstone Park

Published on 09 October 2020

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Our community loves Maidstone Park, it’s been the epicentre of growing up for many of us.

Whether it was learning to swim at Maidstone Pool, riding the flying fox at Maidstone Max playground, or playing sport on the fields, the place holds memories.

Now a major project is under way to transform the park, the Maidstone Community Sports Hub (MCSH).

The government announced that the comprehensive redevelopment of our city's sporting and recreation hub will be fast-tracked with a $12 million funding boost.

Work begins in March 2021 and will be finished by December 2022, years ahead of the original timeframe.

The redevelopment will create a multi-purpose sports park, which will be a focal point for recreation in the city. The vision is to create a mix of new and upgraded clubrooms, facilities and associated infrastructure; directly addressing the issue of ageing sporting infrastructure in Upper Hutt.

Designing the future

We’re working closely with the sports teams and clubs already associated with the park but we’d love to hear your ideas too. If there’s something you would like to see at the Maidstone Community Sports Hub, let us know at mcsh@uhcc.govt.nz.

A bit of history

Did you know Maidstone Park was opened in 1908 as a private picnic park by Upper Hutt businessman, Philip Davis? It was named after his mother’s birthplace – Maidstone, England.   

In 1939 the park was sold to the council and became a scheduled stopping place for the military. Troops would eat their lunch at the park on their three day ‘March over the Rimutakas' (now Remutaka) following their infantry training at Featherston Camp, before they embarked from Trentham Camp for the War (WW1).

And there’s been sport, lots of sport!

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Check out more historical photos of the park at: uhcl.recollect.co.nz/

Tell us your story

As Maidstone Park transforms again, we want to make sure that our community’s stories are captured. If you’ve got family pictures of playing sport on the park, picnics and fun on the train, we’d love you to share them with us. You can find out all the details at upperhuttcity.com/maidstone-hub.