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Opening celebration for Wesley Community Centre

Opening celebration for Wesley Community Centre

Auckland City Council is hosting the grand opening of its $2.67 million community venue - Wesley Community Centre, located at 740 Sandringham Road, Wesley - next Saturday, 7 June 2003.

Auckland City is planning a fun-packed day of basketball, music, craft stalls, cultural performances, face painting, Fairy Claire plus loads more. Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the day. The official opening is at 11am.

The original centre, owned by the Wesley Community Projects Trust, was destroyed by fire in November 1998. After a needs assessment study, the council decided to build the new centre and consulted extensively with the local community about what services and spaces they wanted. Residents also had input into the design.

Chairperson of Auckland City’s Community Services Committee, Councillor Graeme Mulholland, believes the new centre will be the envy of Auckland.

“The centre has been designed with an indoor-outdoor flow so that you can see all the activities happening around you. It almost has a Pacific ‘fale’ feel to it, and it leaves you feeling both inspired and invigorated,” said Councillor Mulholland. The new Wesley facility includes a playgroup area, which opens out onto the War Memorial Reserve, space for twice-weekly markets, community office space, rooms for leisure activities and meetings, a large area for youth, a lounge and drop in space, a learning centre and 100 carparking spaces.

The centre is being developed in two stages. Stage one, which has just been completed, involved the building of the community centre. Stage two, the building of a large hall, is planned for 2005/2006.

Auckland City currently provides a network of 22 community centres across the city.

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