Fa­cil­ity ‘go­ing gang-busters’

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE - NINA HIND­MARSH

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.

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