The Wānaka Water Sports Facility (WWSF) is opening its doors to the public for a look around on November 17 from 10am to 1pm. Various people will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.
“There are three sporting groups who have advised they will utilise the facility as a base for their activities: Wānaka Rowing Club, Wānaka Lake Swimmers and TriWānaka, and we have interest from others,” said Michael Sidey. “Together they have approximately 240 members and with the expected involvement of local and visiting casual watersport users, we are anticipating a very live facility.”
Sidey continued, “In addition, we have encouraging enquiry for private kayak and paddleboard storage. So we have good reason to be optimistic. The trust’s management committee, chaired by Nic Blennerhassett, has set a subscription schedule for the first 12 months and details will be available at the open day.”
The $2million community facility has been largely funded by contributions from Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust, Sargood Bequest, The Lion Foundation, Alexander McMillan Trust, the Lotteries Grants Committee, Queenstown Lakes District Council plus several private trusts and individuals.
The trustees have also arranged debt funding of $200,000 at this stage and are actively working to fund the shortfall.
WWSF is a community project, with charitable status. It provides a lake shore base for non-motorised water sports activities and is available to all residents of and visitors to Wānaka for their recreational use.
The facility includes internal changing, shower and toilet facilities along with a gym room. Externally there are two toilets and a wash-down shower.