By DAVID HILL
Images of the proposed $26 million Waimakariri indoor sports stadium have been released.
The facility is expected to be included in next year’s draft Long Term Plan for the district.
Waimakariri District Council Mayor David Ayers says he is pleased the images are ready for public viewing.
“It’s been in the public arena for several years and this is just the next step.
“These images are what we asked for in our current annual plan to take it to a stage that would help Waimakariri residents to form a view about whether this is something they want for our district.
“People can now think about it and know that they can respond in March. We already know there is a variety of views out there.”
The images, which show key parts of the architectural design of the proposed facility in Coldstream Road and its surrounding sporting precinct, were presented to the council at last week’s meeting by architects Warren and Mahoney, commissioned for the project.
It is designed to cater for basketball, netball, futsal, roller derby, tag archery, korfball, handball, badminton, indoor bowls and table tennis.
The proposal incorporates an on-site fitness gym, space for exercise classes, sports administration, sports coaches and meeting/conference areas which would be available to local clubs and community groups.
The total cost is estimated at $26 million.
The council will consider the facility as part of its deliberations on the draft Long Term Plan at the end of January, which will go out for public consultation in March.