Funds sought for luge
The former Coronet Peak Cresta Run has a new home in Naseby.
The Naseby Summer Luge Trust has established a Give-a-Little page seeking pledges to progress the development of the summer luge/alpine slide in the town.
The Spijkerbosch and Proctor families gifted the luge, which operated at Coronet Peak in the mid 1980s and 1990s, to the trust.
Spokesman Geoff Balme said the trust is seeking to raise around $100,000 to reconstruct the facility.
In March the trust received a $30,000 donation from the Otago Community Trust and has since received a pledge of a further $15,000 from another source.
‘‘The next port of call for the trust is Lotteries but we’d like to progress our fundraising further before making an application to them in August.’’
The Give-a-Little page has been up for a week and already over $1500 has been pledged towards a target of $15,000.
‘‘As well as being a unique, attractive and exciting opportunity to add to the recreational options available in the Naseby area, it will help mitigate the seasonality of Naseby’s ice rink and ice luge. It will bring more jobs, more visitors and more economic benefits to Central Otago,’’ Balme said.
The trust hopes to begin construction in early 2018 and have the summer luge open in late 2018.
The Naseby Summer Luge Trust is seeking funds to help with its construction.