Social and recreation
5.1 Recreation promotion and support
Ngā rauhanga hapori
We provide a wide variety of community facilities throughout the city to encourage quality of life and healthy lifestyles.
What we do
- Swimming pools
- Synthetic sportsfields
- Recreation centres
- Recreation partnerships
- Recreation programmes
- Golf course
To encourage people of all ages to engage in social and recreational activities that help them live more active and healthy lives, we provide a wide range of high quality sporting and recreation facilities throughout the city. A number of facilities also attract visitors, and raise the city’s profile, by hosting national and international events.
- Keith Spry pool improvements – Following the receivership announcement of Mainzeal Property and Construction Ltd in late February 2013, the Keith Spry Pool project is now underway with Hawkins Construction. The project includes two new pool water spaces and new changing rooms and is expected to run over the next 20 months.
- Artificial sportsfields – we’re continuing with our roll-out of more artificial surfaces throughout Wellington. Artificial surfaces are not affected by wet weather and are more durable than grass fields meaning more games can be held on any given weekend – even in very wet weather. This year work will commence at Alex Moore Park in summer 2013 with the new field ready for play in winter 2014.
- Couch/rye grass trial – we are planning to trial a couch/rye mix grass field at Evans Bay Park. The new surface will provide a high quality playing surface that can sustain higher levels of use. We are budgeting $206,000 in 2013/14 to carry out this work.
- Nairnville Park – We are improving irrigation, drainage and installing a sand carpet. The work will cost $485,000 over two years with works beginning in 2013/14.
- WRAC crèche – we will commence changing the operating model at the crèche to a cost recovery basis.
- Playground accessibility – we will undertake an assessment of our existing playgrounds for their suitability for children with disabilities. This will occur with input from Council's Accessible Advisory Group and external specialists.
Measuring our performanceTop
Our targets for 2013/14 are:
- 90% of users are satisfied with WCC swimming pools, recreation centres and playgrounds
- 95% of users are satisfied with the ASB Centre
- 85% of users are satisfied with sports fields
- 80% of residents agree that WCC recreation services and facilities provide good value for money
- 1.37 million people use swimming pools and 350,000 use recreation centres
- 453,150 people will visit the ASB Centre during peak times and 145,350 during off-peak times
- 61% of ASB Centre courts will be used during peak times, and 30% during off peak times
- Of the games that are scheduled for WCC outdoor sports fields in summer 90% are played, and in winter 80% are played
- 96% of marina berths are occupied
- Artificial sports fields are used 80% of the time during peak winter times and 60% during peak summer times
- Artificial sports fields are used 15% of the time during off peak winter times and 10% during off peak summer times
- For the hours WCC uses college artificial sports fields, 80% are used during winter and 60% in summer
What it will costTop
|5.1 Recreation promotion and support ||Operating expenditure 2013–14 ||Capital expenditure |
|Income ||Expenditure ||Net expenditure ||Total |
|($000) ||($000) ||($000) ||($000) |
|5.1.1 - Swimming Pools ||(7,417) ||19,343 ||11,926 ||1,244 |
|5.1.2 - Sportsfields ||(302) ||3,305 ||3,003 ||830 |
|5.1.3 - Sportsfields (Synthetic) ||(453) ||1,253 ||800 ||1,935 |
|5.1.4 - Recreation Centres ||(2,762) ||9,859 ||7,097 ||129 |
|5.1.5 - Recreation partnerships ||- ||776 ||776 ||132 |
|5.1.6 - Playgrounds ||- ||875 ||875 ||432 |
|5.1.7 - Marinas ||(574) ||781 ||207 ||135 |
|5.1.8 - Golf Course ||(65) ||234 ||169 ||- |
|5.1.9 - Recreation programmes ||(175) ||841 ||666 ||- |
|2013/14 5.1 Total ||(11,748) ||37,267 ||25,519 ||4,837 |
|2012/13 5.1 Total ||(11,835) ||35,614 ||23,779 ||6,879 |