Facility fantastic addition to Wanaka

Wanaka Recreation Centre. Photo: Wanaka Sun / Nikki Heath

Monday (April 3) saw the first night of ‘Sport 10’ social league at Wanaka Recreation Centre.

Due to demand the competition has been expanded from the original 10 teams to 12 overall, the same amount as Queenstown.

Queenstown Lakes District Council communications manager Sam White said they had a great response from the community.

“People of all ages participated in Sport 10 with basketball the first sport in the competition. There are nine more weeks to go with nine more sports including hockey, 4-corner soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, hockey (outside) and a mystery sport to end the season,” Sam said.

Two afternoons per week are currently dedicated to senior netball grades at the new centre.

Local clubs including Pioneer, Lake Hawea and Upper Clutha all use the facility.

“During the initial grading day a few teams travelled from Cromwell. We’ve had several comments about how fantastic the facility is, which is lovely to hear. Usage will increase when junior netball begins,” Sam said.

The facility is designed to be used for community events as well as sport.

Plunket hosted a garage sale at the centre last weekend which followed a successful charity clothing sale a month ago.

“In May the centre is hosting a big Rotary conference and our meeting room with all the modern facilities you’d expect is available for local businesses and groups to hire at competitive rates,” Sam said.

“Backpackers are loving our 30-minute free wifi and lovely new showers for only $5 a time. We’re looking to build off-peak usage, especially between 10am and 2pm.  People can just rock up for casual play for only $5 per adult and $2 per kid if a court is vacant,” he said.

The two outdoor turf pitches are about to have the grass sown and the outdoor artificial turf is now open for use, with Upper Clutha Hockey Club (UCHC) using the field for games and training on Tuesday.

UCHC president Richard King said, “The kids and adults all enjoy running around on such a great new facility. It makes such a difference being able to train on such a wide artificial turf compared to what we have used in the past.”

The pitch can be configured to different sizes for netball and futsal as well as hockey.

“The message is we are here and open seven days a week for a variety of sport and non-sport uses so come up to Three Parks and take a look or, better still, bring some mates for a casual game.”

From Wanaka Sun (page 9) 6 - 12 Apr 2017

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