Wanaka Watersports Facility nears completion

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Wanaka’s community assets are hitting a high water mark as new and upgraded facilities open.

As well as the Wanaka Pool opening last year there has been the upgraded Upper Clutha Rugby Football Club rooms, and the newly constructed Wanaka Community Hub.

The Wanaka Watersports Facility is the latest to near completion.

Facility trust chairman Michael Sidey said there had been many discussions about the exterior of the building but the final result was an aesthetically pleasing building that would endure for over 50 years.

The community project provided a lakeshore base for non-motorised watersports activities, available to all residents and visitors to Wanaka for recreational use.

Inside the facility were changing rooms, showers and toilets as well as a gym space and storage.

Outside, there were two toilets and a wash-down shower.

Mr Sidey hoped the quality of the building and the “hidden nature” of it would appease people who were concerned about its placement on the foreshore.

There would be “fairly major” landscaping and planting at the site that would further “soften any angles where you can see the building”, he said.

The landscape plan would be completed over the next few months.

Mr Sidey had “huge respect” for architect Alistair Madill.

“He just knew what he was looking to do and was determined that it should come into play.”

Three sporting groups – the Wanaka Rowing Club, Wanaka Lake Swimmers and TriWanaka with a combined membership of about 240 – were confirmed users “underpinning” the use of the facility to begin with, and there were many other groups expressing interest, he said.

finished by Christmas so they could understand the usage over the holiday period.

Mr Sidey expressed his thanks to the many individuals and groups who had contributed to enable the construction of the $2million community facility.

Many people and organisations had believed in the project even before they had planning permission, he said.

The people “who had the confidence” to persevere through the various stages of the project deserved a “major pat on the back”, Mr Sidey said.

Locals were invited to a public open day on Sunday, November 17, from 10am to 1pm, and committee members and user group representatives would be available to answer any questions.