In 2003 the club established Keating Park, named after our patrons Pat and Joan Keating. It is leased from Environment Canterbury and is at McLeans Island in the Waimakariri River Regional Park. Other facilities in the area include the Vintage Car Club, Steam Scene, and Orana Wildlife Park. Keating Park is about 20 km from the Christchurch city centre.
The site was initially a weedy and unkempt area but the club rallied around and cleaned it up. These photos show the amazing transformation. The club grounds now have storage sheds, a workshop, club rooms, water supply and sewage treatment, and mains power.
The club rooms are a former unused scout hall relocated from Hoon Hay in Christchurch. It has been refurbished by club members and it contains a meeting room, kitchen, library, toilets and showers. It suffered from some damage during the Christchurch earthquakes but has since been repaired.
We have a small horticultural enterprise on the club grounds where pumpkins, potatoes, and sweetcorn are grown. The vegetables grow well in soil which came from a sports stadium in Christchurch that suffered from liquefaction in the 2010 earthquake. The gardening enterprise serves as a means to use our machinery and to raise funds from the sale of produce.
Keating Park is now home to an impressive range of vintage machinery and memorabilia. Some of the machinery is fully restored and there is even more that is awaiting restoration. The collection currently has a strong focus on agricultural machinery but there is also industrial machinery such as concrete mixers, a lathe, a crane, and a number of woodworking machines.
Ongoing development and maintenance of the 14 hectare club grounds is done by club members young and old, male and female. The expansive grounds and facilities can be made available to other groups by arrangement.
For more information about McLeans Island see the page at Environment Canterbury