Community invited to find a new use for Raumati Pool building
Wednesday 28 November 2012
Spacious seaside building available for community use. Ideas welcome.
Kāpiti residents are being invited to come up with ideas for the future use of the Raumati Pool building, once Coastland’s Aquatic Centre opens in March.
The 60-year-old Raumati Pool, originally built to serve a population of 5,000, will be decommissioned next April and the building will become available for another use. Because it is on reserve land future activities must be leisure and recreation related.
Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board Chair Louella Jensen says the availability of such a building on a prime site presents an exciting opportunity. “This is a one-off chance for the community to have input into a new facility. We hope people will let their imaginations run away with them.”
Some ideas that came up at a public meeting last week include a high-tech visitor information centre, a music centre with auditorium and practice rooms, an in-line hockey facility and a martial arts centre.
Proposals must be for a facility that is multi-use, open to the public and complements Marine Gardens as a destination park in the region. Mrs Jensen says funding has been allocated over the next three years to carry out any alterations.
“This is one of the community’s best known facilities so it would be great to give it a new lease on life. At this stage we are only looking for basic information and no technical knowledge or business planning is required.”
The deadline for submissions is 4pm, 21 December and the suggestion form on the council website must be used to submit proposals.
“Once we have gathered ideas, the Community Board will review the proposals and choose a number of recommended options to go to Council.”
To find out more about the criteria for proposals, download a submission form or have your say, go to www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/haveyoursay. Suggestion forms are also available at Council Service Centres.