Play­cen­tre on the move

Central Otago Mirror - - EASTER - DASHA KUPRIENKO

Frank­ton play­cen­tre is chang­ing its name and lo­ca­tion next month.

The soon-to be Wakatipu Play­cen­tre will be based in the for­mer Porter home at Re­mark­ables Park.

Play­cen­tre secretary Olivia Day said the play­cen­tre was on the move from its lo­ca­tion next to Re­mark­ables Pri­mary School as the school needed more space to al­low for the fast-grow­ing stu­dent roll.

It was ‘‘awe­some’’ the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion helped se­cure the 1200sqm site next to the new Wakatipu High School site.

‘‘A 20-year lease has been ne­go­ti­ated with the min­istry with no op­tion for them to break early, and also for ad­di­tional space to re­main so the play­cen­tre can gen­er­ate in­come through hir­ing out rooms if they wish,’’ she said.

Up­grad­ing from a 400sqm build­ing meant the roll could rise from 25 to about 34 chil­dren. The big­ger site would also present new op­por­tu­ni­ties for the chil­dren.

‘‘We will be able to do a veg­etable gar­den and a lit­tle more out­door play.’’

The old out­door swim­ming pool had been re­designed into a sand pit for the chil­dren.

Frank­ton play­cen­tre’s team and par­ents thought the name change to Wakatipu was suit­able due to the grow­ing ge­o­graph­i­cal catch­ment of play­cen­tre fam­i­lies. The Wakatipu Play­cen­tre will move to the new site on May 15.


Kyuss Taiot, 2, helps pack boxes be­fore the move.

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