DWC Westland Sports Hub
Westland High School Board of Trustees (BOT) have undertaken an initial body of planning and a feasibility study into an upgrade of the school gymnasium, covering and resurfacing the netball courts and upgrading the school fields. The project has been allocated $1.5 million in Major District Initiative funding from the Westland District Council.
The intention is to submit a Lottery Application in August 2018 and to secure further funding from other grants, sponsorship and community fundraising. If successful, construction would be undertaken to the scale of funding available and begin in the summer holidays.
Covered Court Concept Sketch
The need to upgrade the sport and community facilities at the school has existed for over a decade. The opportunity of $1.5 million MDI funding has created the catalyst for this to be undertaken and for the school and the Hokitika community to gain much needed quality facilities.
The Gymnasium – It is intended to upgrade the ventilation, floor surface, heating, shower, change and storage coupled with general repairs and maintenance. A small reception area also proposed.
A Pavilion – The former music room is to be converted to a small modern sports pavilion. Opening out to the courts, it will contain a lounge, kitchen and servery, meeting and control room, toilets and storage.
Sports Fields – If funding exists, or as a future Stage 2 project, the school fields are proposed to be upgraded with a major drainage development and lighting added to enable evening use.
Project Benefits – This project is a major generational upgrade of sporting facilities in Hokitika, many of which also service wider Westland. The codes to directly benefit include basketball, badminton, volleyball, korfball, netball and tennis. Rugby, league, soccer and athletics are also likely to benefit if through training on the covered courts and if the field upgrade is also achieved.
Estimated Project Cost – Current estimates have the total project within the vicinity of $2.6 million dollars. The actual figure will be known in August when a Lottery application will then be lodged.
Funds Raised to Date – The amount in hand for the project is $1.71 million. This includes the Development West Coast $1.5 million MDI funding, $100,000 each from Westland High School and the Westland District Council and $10,000 from the West Coast Community Trust. A further $80,000 has also been invested in all the preparation of plans and site exploration work. A Feasibility Study that received a $20,000 grant from the Lottery Grants Board has also been completed.