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The Avon Hub, formerly the Shirley Boys’ High School gym, has had a new lease of life. It’s been renovated, with new basketball backboards and hoops and new gym flooring.
The gym hosted an opening day on Sunday with activities and inflatables for the kids, as well as sports games, performances and a sausage sizzle.
“For the community, it is a wonderful asset to have available for the local schools for their sport and PE development,” Latimer said.
“Local principals are very excited to have tamariki have access to the gym and turf spaces.”
The building on North Pde was left empty after Shirley Boys’ High School moved to a new purpose-built facility in New Brighton in 2019.
The school was demolished, leaving only the gym behind.
“For the community, expressions of interest are being called for from groups to utilise the meeting spaces, which will be low cost and affordable,” Latimer said.
She said they have already had a lot of interest from different groups, but have focused on non-mainstream sports to "give them a home".
Latimer said once they have established the demand for the gym from schools, they will offer strength and balance programmes and classes for older people during the day.
She said the gym will be an exciting asset for the community.