Arrowtown sports centre ready to go


Hurdles are being cleared for a desperately-needed $2 million Arrowtown sports and community centre.

A final design has been completed by trust chairman, Murray Bennett, and Queenstown Lakes District Council is expected to green-light the project at its meeting this coming Tuesday.

After other sites round Jack Reid Park were investigated, the 620sq m centre will now be sited on the southern side, utilising the existing camping ground road access off Centennial Avenue.

The rugby field will be moved slightly and enlarged to full-regulation size to accommodate the centre.

A new building will replace the rugby club’s dilapidated headquarters on the other side of the field, but will also be shared with at least 14 other organisations including Scouts, Arrowtown School, karate and line dancing. The centre will hold up to 170 people at a time and can be divided into three rooms.

A public toilet facility will be attached to the eastern end for ground users and adjoining playground children.

The Arrowtown Community and Sports Centre Trust will own the building and also manage it as a user-pays facility.

Bennett, a Queenstown architectural designer, says a local supplier has offered a large discounted rate on the roof and wall cladding while schist stone is being donated.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council, which backed the proposal at its August meeting, is being asked on Tuesday to approve the location and land use and to enter a district-first facilities partnership with the trust.

Bennett says community trusts will be asked for funding.

It’s hoped construction will start mid-next year and be completed by the end of the year, he adds.