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Revitalisation projects on council agenda

REDEVELOPMENT of the Olympic Pool complex, a water sports hub at Anzac Park and developing a multipurpose stadium with indoor courts are included as options in a comprehensive community facilities strategy to be presented to Gisborne District Council tomorrow.

The strategy, intended to be a guide to both the council and other funders for the next 30 years, covers six areas:

aquatics,arts,parks and open spaces,play,sports, andstreet trees and gardening.A draft plan has been prepared for each.

Once approved by the council the draft plans will be released for public discussion.

Key priorities in the draft aquatic plan include the redevelopment of the Olympic Pool complex at a cost of $17 million by 2022 and developing partnership agreements with schools at an annual cost of $40,000 a year from 2018/19.

The draft arts facilities plan says arts facilities are aging and will require upgrades, but limited funds will be available in the next 10 to 15 years.

The Gisborne Soundshell theatre stage and backstage are in poor condition and will require an urgent upgrade, the draft plan says. One option is to repurpose the Soundshell so it can be used for a variety of purposes.

Rural areas have limited accessibility to arts facilities and the museum suffers a lack of storage for its growing collection.

Options in the draft sports plan include developing a multi purporse stadium with indoor sports courts and providing roof shelters for watercraft sports at Anzac Park, the Marina Car Park and Tolaga Bay beachfront.

The parks and open spaces plan says the network needs to be more accessible, inclusive and connected. Proposed actions include investing to improve facilities in the Midway-Churchill Park area, Waikanae to Gladstone Road and investing in facilities on Titirangi/Kaiti Hill, including a possible play trail, and developing the Cook Landing Site.

Consultation would take place on a possible surf museum and the future of the Churchill Park jail.

Anzac Park could be developed as a watercraft sports hub and the wharves at Hicks Bay, Tokomaru Bay and Tolaga Bay would be activated.

Key priorities in the play open space plan include designing and building destination play spaces at Titirangi/Kaiti Hill, Waikirikiri Park and the Adventure Playground.

New tree planting programmes for both Gisborne city and rural townships are included in the proposed approach for the street trees and gardens plan.

A community facilities strategy for investment decisions is included with the draft plan being presented to the council.

All the draft plans are accompanied by extensive graphs showing the most popular recreation choices of residents with walking/running and reading heading the list. There are extensive statistics of people taking part in organised sport and attendance and participation in the arts.

The recommendation to the council is to release the draft plans for community consultation.