An artist's impression of the proposed $1.78 million
Arrowtown Community and Sports Centre planned for Jack Reid
Park. Image supplied.
The Arrowtown Endowment Fund could be used to assist
funding the proposed $1.78 million Arrowtown Community and
Sports Centre (ASCS), a report to the Queenstown Lakes District
At its full meeting in Wanaka on Tuesday, the council will
consider options for funding the centre at Jack Reid Park,
which would replace the buildings now used as the Arrowtown
Rugby clubrooms and would include an upgrade of the turf,
including moving the rugby field.
The council resolved in August to support a financial
contribution in principle and had since refined the proposal
and established the level of support among Arrowtown
Operations general manager Ruth Stokes said in her report
funding sought from the council had risen to $700,000,
including a contribution to the building and relocating the
The total direct cost to the council was estimated at
$110,000, comprising $35,000 to relocate the rugby field,
$25,000 to replace the Suffolk St car park with a grass
training pitch, $30,000 to remove existing buildings and do
tree work and $20,000 to supply and maintain utilities to the
The remaining $590,000 sought would be a cash contribution
towards the building.
Ms Stokes said two options were available to the council to
meet that level of funding without increasing rates - the
sale of surplus land identified in the Arrowtown-Lake Hayes
Management Plan, or the use of the Arrowtown Endowment Fund.
Indicative funding proposed by the ACSC totalled $2.05
million, including $700,000 each from the council and the
Central Lakes Trust, which was expecting an application.
Of the total indicative funding, the Arrowtown Rugby Club had
confirmed its contribution of $100,000 and $65,000 of
$150,000 ''in-kind community support'' had been agreed.
''The ACSC has also presented a draft initial operating
budget that demonstrates a modest surplus without sinking
''The budget assumes the facility will have a manager and the
predominant income stream is private hires followed by user
Ms Stokes said the facility could meet the need demonstrated
by the wide support for the proposal.
Community groups were willing to assist with fundraising and
securing in-kind assistance.
''The project presents council the opportunity to enhance its
relationship with ... community groups in Arrowtown and
increase the range and diversity of activities available
across all age groups.''
In recommending the council support the project, Ms Stokes
also recommended the council's cash contribution be limited
The preferred funding option was to use the Arrowtown
Endowment Fund, which could be used ''for any purpose that
could be seen overall as promoting Arrowtown or assisting its
The balance of the fund was $740,000.
She recommended the group be given two years to realise the
remainder of the funding required.