YMCA appeals for help
Repairs to the Pitt St YMCA building are needed and the organisation is hoping Auckland Council will come to the party with funding.
Centre manager David Toussaint spoke at last month’s Waitemata Local Board meeting.
The building is 42 years old and over the next two years the YMCA plans to resurface the stadium floors, renovate the foyer and kitchen and replace the stadium windows and roof.
The goal is to make the building a community hub as Auckland’s population increases and more inner-city dwellers seek recreational space.
The YMCA is a non-profit organisation and a registered charity. It is led by volunteers and provides opportunities to young people who might otherwise miss out.
Schools and community groups also use the YMCA’s facilities.
David Toussaint says the first stage of renovations begins on July 7. The total predicted cost is $760,000 and includes a new fitness centre.
The work on the roof will not begin until 2015 but Touissant hopes it will create extra space.
‘‘The only way we can expand is if we build up, hence putting some office space potentially in that roof area,’’ he says.
The current roof and windows are leaking.
‘‘We’re just limited in the winter, which is more busy for us and we can’t use that space when it does rain,’’ he says.
Waitemata Local Board mem- ber Greg Moyle says the board is aware of the YMCA’s issues.
‘‘There is an opportunity that the YMCA working with council and the Waitemata board could optimise that space.
‘‘That sort of space in the inner city is pretty rare. We’re seeing more young people move into the city and more young families, therefore we need to make sure we’re providing facilities for them.’’
Touissant says always a struggle.
‘‘Pretty much all our funding has come from external aspects rather than the council.
‘‘We are still going to do our work and try to impact the community whether the council assists us or not,’’ he says.
Community space: A children’s entertainer visits a YMCA holiday programme.