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Integrated facilities are defined as ‘a series of integrated community hubs’ that cluster civic, social and sporting facilities into more user-friendly, efficient and well utilised centres that fit the needs of the communities that make up Lower Hutt now and into the future.
This is a particularly important aspect of Council’s overall vision as the facilities are ultimately mechanisms for community transformation and are crucial to us achieving our urban growth targets.
Council recognised that many of the recreation and community facilities no longer meet the needs or expectations of our changing population and has proposed a renewal programme with six criteria for prioritisation:
- the level of community deprivation,
- proximity to transport,
- linkages to a major commercial centre,
- projected population,
- distance from other council activities and
- the level of earthquake strengthening needed.
This is supported by the Hutt City Community Facilities Trust which has been assigned to lead the rejuvenation of our facilities in partnership with Council and other groups.
Since the Plan’s release in 2013, both Fraser Park and Taita Sport Zone have begun their transformations.
The Walter Nash Centre in Taita opened in October 2015 and includes a library, indoor and outdoor sports courts, meeting spaces, a fitness centre and a café.
Fraser Park, with its three-stage process, will cater to eight different sports clubs. The Fraser Park redevelopment is a direct product of the Sportsville sports ‘villages’ model that was introduced in 2009.
The Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub opened in October 2017. The Hub showcases multiple facilities under one roof, including the library, hall, toy library, community house and Plunket.
Both Petone and Wainuiomata are working on similar models but still remain at feasibility stage as local clubs work together to decide the most effective way to combine their existing facilities.