Coun­cil pro­pose gyms at col­lege


Three new pub­lic sports fa­cil­i­ties are be­ing con­sid­ered for an Auck­land school that is un­der­go­ing a $79 mil­lion makeover.

Western Springs Col­lege is cur­rently un­der­go­ing New Zealand’s largest ever pub­lic school re­build.

The decile 8 school was built on a for­mer land­fill site in 1963. Nearly 80 per cent of the col­lege’s ex­ist­ing build­ings will be re­placed in the re­build. It will get two new teach­ing blocks and a gym­na­sium.

Auck­land Coun­cil was also look­ing at adding two more gym­na­si­ums to the plan.

Western Springs Col­lege prin­ci­pal Ivan Davis said this would re­sult in three in­door sports fa­cil­i­ties that could be shared with the com­mu­nity.

Coun­cil was keen on the project be­cause of the col­lege’s 11 hectares of land, no res­i­den­tial neigh­bours and am­ple park­ing, Davis said.

Auck­land Coun­cil, work­ing with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Sport New Zealand and Ak­tive - Auck­land Sports and Re­cre­ation, have con­trib­uted $30,000 to a fea­si­bil­ity study be­fore a fi­nal de­ci­sion was made.

The coun­cil’s parks, sports and re­cre­ation gen­eral man­ager Mace Ward said the to­tal cost of the pro­posed gyms was still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Davis said other than the pro­posed gyms, there were no changes to the orig­i­nal plan of the re­build.

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