Arrowtown centre goes full circle

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The location of a $2 million-plus Arrowtown sports and recreation centre has come almost full circle.

Queenstown Lakes District Council last week applied for a designation for the 54 metre-long centre to be built in the northwestern corner of Jack Reid Park, which is home to the Arrowtown Rugby Club.

The centre – which will replace the club’s dilapidated clubhouse and house at least 14 other community organisations – was originally proposed for the extreme northwestern corner of the park.

After re-evaluating, the Arrowtown Community and Sports Centre Trust then applied to build the centre south of the rugby field, and immediately north of the town’s holiday park.

For various reasons, the building was shifted again to the extreme northeastern corner of Jack Reid Park, however that site also created some issues.

The latest site, revealed in last week’s application, is therefore the fourth proposed home for the centre.

Though not far from where it was originally proposed, vehicle access will now be off Centennial Avenue, rather than Inverness Crescent, to keep traffic noise away from a residential area.

If the designation’s approved, the trust will only need a building consent before construction commences.

The trust will also move the rugby field slightly and enlarge it to accommodate representative fixtures.

Queenstown-based trust chairman and architectural designer Murray Bennett, who also designed the building, says: “The trust is excited for Arrowtown and surrounds about the lodging of the design for designation change.

“The trust has worked hard with many user groups, neighbours, funders and council to bring about this exciting community facility.”

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