YMCA ap­peals for help

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By CA­TRIN OWEN

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.

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