Public can see Mataura park plans

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The Mataura Community Board will unveil its plans for a recreation centre at Tulloch Park on Friday.

The board is extending an open invitation to Mataura residents to come to the park, near the south side of the pool, for a barbecue and a chat between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

Gore District Council parks and reserves manager Ian Soper said large interpretation panels showing different aspects of the development were being placed on the south wall of the pool so people could get a clear idea of what was being planned.

Included in the redevelopment are an indoor bike-skate park in the pool building, a junior pump track and picnic areas.

The redevelopment of Tulloch Park comes after the council decided to close the Mataura pool because of falling patronage and escalating costs.

The community board, and Crs Doug Grant, Bret Highsted and Neville Phillips, had been working with Auckland architect Tom Rowe, of Rowe Baetens, to bring to life a range of ideas which emerged from public consultations over the last couple of years, Mr Soper said.

The council last month approved in principle the concept plans.

New life…This plan depicts a possible use for the in door space in the former Mataura Swimming Pool building. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

While the overall cost of the redevelopment is unknown, the district council has committed $500,000, with an additional $150,000 coming from Mataura’s Coster Fund.

These funds would be used to leverage additional funding from various contestable funding agencies, Mr Soper said.

It is hoped to have some stages of the redevelopment completed by late next year.

Mataura Community Board chairman Alan Taylor said it would be good to progress the project, as it would give the community something to look forward to.

“They will be able to see in more detail what’s being planned,” Mr Taylor said.

The ideas contained in the plan initially came from community consultation.

There would be an opportunity for people to talk to community board members, Mr Taylor said.

“We acknowledge it’s quite short notice but this was an opportunity before the end of the year to present something to the community.”