Community Facilities Review

12 April 2010

We're thinking smart about the way we invest in our community facilities, with a strategic eye to the future. Looking ahead 12 years, it's a given that our population will grow, particularly in the central city and northern suburbs. That will mean more pressure on our facilities, and a constant demand for investment.

Johnsonville librarian reads to the monthly Bookbuster kids group

Johnsonville librarian reads to the monthly Bookbuster kids group

So instead of reacting piecemeal to future demand for funds for our community facilities, we've decided to take a smart, strategic approach to investment in them.

We've done this by defining priorities and levels of service for our key facilities - libraries, swimming pools, recreation centres, community halls and community centres.

Decisions about upgrades and levels of investment will be made from this base and we've done some hard thinking to work out what this approach will mean in practice for the various facilities.

One of our largest investments will be in libraries. Over the 12 years $37 million will be spent on improvements, including refreshing the 20-year-old Central Library, technology upgrades and making more digital material available to library users.

Next year, we propose to complete a feasibility study for the Johnsonville community, looking at developing a new library alongside the Keith Spry Pool, which will create a hub of community facilities in Johnsonville. Significant investment - $12.5 million over the next four years - will go into swimming pools.

This will include new indoor teaching pools at Karori and Keith Spry pools for the learn-to-swim programme, and a new hydrotherapy pool at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie.

Other pool improvements include a new roof for Tawa Pool, a retractable roof for Thorndon Pool and supporting the upgrade of school pools through our grants fund.

We'll also upgrade the Aro Valley, Kilbirnie, Newtown and Strathmore community centres, and develop new facilities in Churton Park.

We'd like to know what you think of our new approach. For more information and a submission form, visit the Public Input section of our website or phone us on (04) 499 4444.

Remember that submissions close at 5.00pm, Monday 10 May.

We're also holding public meetings so you can discuss your views. Details are:

  • 7.00pm, Wednesday 21 April - Johnsonville Library, 5 Broderick Road, Johnsonville
  • 6.00pm, Thursday 22 April - Mezzanine floor, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street
  • 12.30pm, Monday 26 April - Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie.