Construction of Arrowtown's community and sport center to start this year
The Arrowtown Community and Sports Centre is close to "rock and rolling" after nine years of planning and $2 millions of funding raised.
New Zealand Community Trust had donated the final $50,000 towards construction costs in August. Now building work would start at the end of the year.
The 630sq m centre at Jacks Reid Park would cater for sports clubs, up to 14 community groups and private functions.
It could fit up to 160 people and would include bar and kitchen facilities, changing rooms, showers, toilets and three adjoining function spaces
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Arrowtown Community and Sports Centre Trust chairman Murray Bennett said the community had been supportive of the new facility.
"There's a shortage of available spaces for the community. One of our anchor tenants was getting bumped out of its current location because of conferences or weddings."
The work had started on the driveway, car parking area and services. The centre would be complete around May next year.
"It's getting close to rock and rolling," Bennett said.
Applications for project tenders closed about a month ago with the winning tender yet to be decided, he said.
"There's been a lot of work going on behind the scenes in the last three to four months, making a lot of progress, which is promising.
"It will be worth the wait," he said.
Trust secretary Simon Spark said the next step was finalising the construction process with the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
"This project has been nine years in the making. It has consumed a lot of my time and energy, but it is now going to be a reality.
"I like the fact that I have done something for the Arrowtown community in a small way. It will be a facility we can all be proud of," Spark said.