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Community bookings invited for old high school site

Community bookings invited for old high school site

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has opened gymnasium and meeting room space for community use at the former Wakatipu High School site on Gorge Road.

Council reached an agreement with the Ministry of Education (MoE) just before Christmas to operate the existing small gym, indoor courts and two adjoining classrooms from February until a decision on the future of the site is made.

Queenstown Gymnastics has exclusive use of the small gym during this time as it continues to look for a permanent home in the area.

QLDC Community Services General Manager, Thunes Cloete said sports clubs and community groups can now book the other rooms at a nominal rate.

“They were all in use last term and remain in good order. We’ve completed some minor maintenance work to ensure health and safety compliance and provided some equipment and furniture,” said Dr Cloete.

“The indoor courts are a great venue for activities like yoga, Zumba and general fitness training as well as sports like volleyball, futsal and netball. The classrooms provide useful extra space for meetings and presentations close to central Queenstown.

“It makes perfect sense for our Sport and Recreation team to help make these facilities available to the local community while the long-term future of the old high school is being decided.”

Council is also assisting the small number of users of Wakatipu High School’s decommissioned pool at the old site to swim at Alpine Aqualand, Frankton.

Clubs and groups wishing to use facilities at the old high school during the day and evening can make bookings by contacting the QLDC Sport & Recreation venues team based at Queenstown Events Centre on (03) 450 9110.

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