Sport Whanganui is pleased to reveal that the construction at Springvale Park is the start of a Sports House for Whanganui. The new Sports House is intended to create a hub for community sport and recreation. Sport Whanganui’s CEO Danny Jonas states that “the Sports House will initially be home to the Sport Whanganui team and a number of sport organisations with access to sport and health expertise and relative services including hot desks, meeting rooms and video conference facilities”.
Shared services will include IT support, access to health and safety and event management expertise, professional sport and health sector knowledge, reception services, vibrant interaction and strong connection to Sport NZ through Sport Whanganui.
Sport Whanganui’s Chairman John Unsworth states “the concept of a House/Hub has been on the Board’s agenda for some years. The sale of our building and support from the great community funders NZCT, Four Regions Trust and the Lion Foundation has made it possible”.
Site suitability was extensively discussed. Ultimately factors inclusive of; proximity to the catchment area and potential user groups, social impact – opportunities for integration with community and commercial facilities, visibility of site, accessibility, zoning regulations and local authority planning rules and restrictions. An absolute priority is the Sports House being accessible and inclusive.
Development so far has included Sport Whanganui purchasing the buildings currently on site that were once the home of the Whanganui Masters Games. These buildings will be part of the final Sports House development.
Leighton Toy Whanganui District Council Property Manager says, “Council is on board as we see the long term benefits and immediate opportunities the Sports House delivers”.
Shane Stone Builders is the lead contractor of the $1 million plus build which is expected to be completed by the end of February 2019.
Sport Whanganui will continue to keep the community updated with progress on the build and look forward to the opportunities and collaboration it will bring to the Whanganui region in the future.
For further information please contact Sport Whanganui CEO Danny Jonas on, firstname.lastname@example.org