Te Puke High plans for com­mu­nity ac­tion cen­tre

Te Puke Times - - News -

Te Puke High School is look­ing to add to its own, and the town’s, fa­cil­i­ties.

The school is in­ves­ti­ga­tion the de­vel­op­ment of a com­mu­nity ac­tion cen­tre that would ben­e­fit stu­dents and the wider com­mu­nity.

The cur­rent school gym opened in 1971 and is now too small to meet the needs of the school and the com­mu­nity.

“It’s not fit for pur­pose any more and the board, over the last few years, has been work­ing through how we are go­ing to go about the process of get­ting a new gym,” says project man­ager Re­becca Wich­mann.

What is be­ing sug­gested is a recre­ational hub that can be used by the school and com­mu­nity groups.

It could in­cor­po­rate a range of ser­vices and re­sources such as bas­ket­ball/net­ball courts, car­dio room, weights room, sports hall, meet­ing rooms, com­mer­cial kitchen, spin stu­dio, climbing wall and on­site pro­fes­sion­als.

The re­sources of the cen­tre could also be used to de­liver a range of health, recre­ational, cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices or pro­grammes to the school and wider com­mu­nity.

At this early stage, no lo­ca­tion has been de­cided, but one pos­si­bil­ity is in the vicin­ity of the cur­rent hor­ti­cul­ture block.

There is po­ten­tial for cap­i­tal con­tri­bu­tions to what would be a $6 mil­lion project from var­i­ous sec­tors such as ed­u­ca­tion and lo­cal gov­ern­ment along with other fun­ders such as the Na­tional Lottery or lo­cal char­i­ta­ble trusts.

A fea­si­bil­ity study is be­ing pre­pared and a sur­vey be­ing un­der­taken to gather the views of the school and wider com­mu­nity.

There is also a Face­book page - Te Puke Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Cen­tre - where peo­ple can leave com­ments. Go to www.aprcon­sul­tants.co.nz/tphs_ com­mu­ni­ty_ac­tion_­cen­tre_­sur­vey. To date 104 re­sponses have been re­ceived.

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