Community Sports House near completion

Sport Whanganui is delighted to announce that the development of the Community Sports House at Springvale Park is near completion. Prior to the new build, Sport Whanganui purchased two ex Whanganui Masters Games buildings which are now part of the site.

The construction commenced in September 2018 and is due for occupancy in late March 2019. Shane Stone Builders have led the contract and Sport Whanganui is extremely pleased with the result, Sport Whanganui CEO Danny Jonas says, “It has been a pleasure to work with Jack and the team at Shane Stone Builders, the developments have been timely and to a high standard and they have kept us informed on the progress throughout the life of the project”.

The Community Sports House is intended to create a hub for community sport and recreation. 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 collaboration of people and strong connection to Sport NZ through Sport Whanganui.

The Sports House development is the number one recommendation of the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Sport Facility Plan with the intention of creating a “home of sport” resulting in long term benefits as well as immediate opportunities for the community. General Manager of Sport Whanganui Adam Gosney says, “Sport Whanganui are a key tenant of the new hub and see the Community Sports House as further ignition to achieve Sport Whanganui’s vision of Whanganui being an active community participating in physical activity.”

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 for pedestrians, cyclists, motor vehicles and public transport, zoning regulations and local authority planning rules and restrictions.  An absolute priority is the sports house being accessible and inclusive.

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”.

Sport Whanganui 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, danny@sportwhanganui.co.nz