After three hours of delegation, the Waimāero/Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board has approved granting a lease to Old Boys Collegians Cricket Club (OBC) to build replacement cricket practice nets at Elmwood Park.
The community board heard from many speakers who voiced their support and concern for the new proposal.
A common theme of support were that the nets would be an asset for cricket, the park and for the wider community, as well as improve the park for all users.
A report prepared by the Christchurch City Council said the existing nets were unsafe and no longer fit for purpose.
Of the 400 public submissions, 361 supported the proposal. Nearby school St Andrew's College and the Christchurch Metro Cricket Association threw their support behind it.
OBC Committee member Steve Wakefield said the improvement to the cricket nets would be "a community asset, not just for the cricket club".
Life member, coach and committee member, Mandie Godliman, voiced her support for the new nets as it was a matter of safety. "The nets are no longer adequate... I have personally seen many injuries," she said.
She referenced one incident where a woman walking in the park had been "knocked unconscious", when she was hit in the head with a cricket ball.
Metro Cricket general manager Mike Harvey spoke of his organisation's support and endorsed the proposal for the nets at Elmwood Park.
Public consultation showed 90 percent support for the proposed half retractable, half fixed cricket net structure.