Facility ‘going gang-busters’
The new rec park in Takaka is ‘‘going gang-busters’’, a recreation centre committee member says.
Golden Bay Shared Recreation Facility Committee chairman Dean Lund said at the Golden Bay Community Board on Tuesday the new centre was ‘‘ doing everything he’d hoped — and a bit more’’.
‘‘There’s over 550 individual people participating, plus spectators on top of that. There’s somewhere between 500-1000 people up there each week.’’
Lund said the squash club had grown from 40 members to nearly 100 since the new centre had opened.
‘‘Making it the largest squash club in the Nelson region, particularly in the junior section for school-aged kids.’’
There were 12 senior and 12 junior netball teams, which was double the amount from both sectors last year, he said.
Six basketball teams were also playing two-nights weekly in the stadium. Badminton had just started and volleyball and futsal, or indoor football, were set to commence in September.
‘‘It’s just going from strengthto-strength and it’s really positive with a really good vibe up there.’’
The new multi-use building was completed in March after seven years of planning. The building came at a cost of $4 million, $3.2 million of which was provided by council and the remainder was raised by the community.
The new rec centre in Golden Bay is proving popular.