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New Zealanders’ passion for sport and a growing local
population have increased demand for facilities such as
indoor courts, outdoor turf and swimming pools across the
Queenstown, Wanaka and Arrowtown areas.
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is investing in a number of projects
to meet this demand and build for the future.
Construction of the new Wanaka Pool, QLDC’s biggest current project at $12m,
is on track and scheduled for completion at the end of May.
The new complex will feature a 25m, eight-lane lap pool, adult spa pool and a
dedicated learners’ pool with separate toddlers’ area. It will be located next to
the existing Wanaka Recreation Centre at Three Parks, itself less than two years
old, with shared entrance and car park.
QLDC Sport and Recreation manager Simon Battrick says the excitement is
building as the opening date draws closer.
“This is going to be a real community asset for the Upper Clutha and
something everyone can be proud of. Moving from one pool to three enables
us to meet the needs of a growing population and cater much better for the
different requirements of groups like kids learning to swim and hardcore lap
swimmers,” he says.
“We’ll certainly be putting on a big opening party in Wanaka so watch this space.”
Two new outdoor sports fields – a full-sized football pitch and a three-quarter
pitch – opened at Wanaka Recreation Centre in March. Local clubs can now
play and train at a venue with full changing facilities on site.
Earlier this year the council’s Sport and Recreation team opened gymnasium
and meeting room space for community use at the former Wakatipu High
School site on Gorge Road in Queenstown.
QLDC reached an agreement with the Ministry of Education late last year to
operate the existing small gym and indoor courts suitable for yoga, group
fitness training and sports like netball, volleyball and futsal, along with two
classrooms until a decision on the future of the site is made.
Queenstown Gymnastics has exclusive use of the small gym during this time
as it continues to look for a permanent home in the area.
President Mark Kunath says it means a lot for the club to have an interim
training venue which has given them breathing space.
“We’re very grateful for all the work put in by everyone involved in reaching
this arrangement. If we hadn’t found a new home by the start of the school
year we would have had to stop classes and go into recess.”
Council Responds to Demand
for Sporting Facilities
By Tom Kalliber
Construction of a new $2.35m Community Sports
Facility is underway at Jack Reid Park in Arrowtown.
QLDC is providing up to $1m towards the building with the remainder
coming from various regional trusts as well as fundraising by Arrowtown
Rugby Club, one of the founding tenants along with Arrowtown Cubs,
Scouts and Venturers.
In addition to changing rooms, showers and toilets there will be a bar,
kitchen and function spaces for other clubs and events. Once completed,
the council will take ownership and manage the facility alongside its other
QLDC Sport and Recreation manager Simon Battrick says the combined
effect of the new facilities will enable more people to enjoy an active
lifestyle and indulge their passion for sport.
“Our goal is to get more people, more active, more often. Council’s
ongoing investment in Wanaka, Queenstown and Arrowtown will certainly
help us achieve this and build a solid base for the ongoing development
of sport and recreation across the district.”
$2.35m Arrowtown Amenity
Sir Tim Wallis Drive, Three Parks (off Ballantyne Rd)
T: 03 443 9334 | E: email@example.com
SEE WEBSITE FOR OPENING HOURS &
FULL PROGRAMME DETAILS
NETBALL FUTSAL BASKETBALL
Bookings & casual
Grandparents and grandkids activity day – Wanaka Recreation Centre
QLDC Community Services GM
Thunes Cloete,QLDC councillor
Scott Stevens,Arrowtown Community
and Sports representative Simon Spark,
Wanaka pool complex
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