New centre opened

by Mike Isle

West Melton’s new $8.5 million community and recreation centre is now officially open.

Selwyn District Council Mayor Sam Broughton opened the centre on Friday at a ceremony attended by representatives of Te Taumutu Runanga, Hon Amy Adams MP, members of West Melton Residents’ Association and the public.
Students of West Melton School performed a kapa haka.

West Melton Community and Recreation Centre committee chair, Bruce Russell described the centre as a brilliant new facility, which will greatly enhance the social and recreational opportunities available to the West Melton Community — which continues to grow rapidly. 
Council major projects property manager, John Reid, said the new facility, which took about 13 months to complete, will cater to the future demands of the West Melton residents as well as the wider Selwyn community.

“This modern, high-quality community facility will serve the needs of the West Melton area, but it will also add a significant asset to the growing network of community facilities across the Selwyn district,” Mr Reid said. 

The centre has community meeting spaces, indoor sport and recreation (including an indoor court), a scout hall, a Plunket room and Playcentre. There is also space for community group activities such as service, gardening and film clubs.

The facility has a new pedestrian promenade, which connects to the entrance of the building and is lined with trees. There are also a number of native and exotic plant species.

The new centre replaces an outdated and earthquake damaged hall located on the same site.