New facility opened at Eltham’s Taumata Park
Monday, May 22, 2017
The new Taumata Recreation Centre at Eltham’s Taumata Park was officially opened by South Taranaki Deputy Mayor, Phil Nixon, on Saturday (20 May) in front of a large contingent of facility users and locals.
The new $500,000 facility which was built by W&W Construction Ltd, includes a large social area, kitchen, bar and toilets, along with indoor and outdoor storage for the Eltham Football and Eltham Athletic Clubs who are the most regular users of the facility and Taumata Park sportsground.
Mr Nixon says the facility represents a great example of partnership, with the majority of the funding being provided by the South Taranaki District Council ($300,000), TSB Community Trust ($100,000), Lion Foundation, New Zealand Community Trust and Eltham Community Board, with further donations from the Eltham Football and Eltham Athletics Clubs.
“The new facility will be used by the various clubs during their seasons, as well as being available to the wider community for small events and functions,” says Mr Nixon.
“The end result looks absolutely fantastic and I can see that it’s going to get a huge amount of use,” he says.
Brendan Coles from the Eltham Soccer and Stephy Mackay from Eltham Athletics both spoke at the opening and were complimentary of the South Taranaki District Council’s commitment to providing good quality facilities and services to its smaller communities.
“This new facility has given the club a great sense of pride. It’s a fantastic asset for the Eltham community and we wish to thank the Council for their vision as well as all those who have contributed to fund the project,” says Mr Coles.
The building was blessed early in the morning with the official opening and cutting of the ribbon occurring a little later on the same day.