Wealth of Sport & Active Recreation facilities identified

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Published: 06 Oct 2017

The first ever stocktake of sport and active recreation facilities across South Canterbury has shown that the region is even better served than most people would have imagined.

More than three hundred different facilities have been identified for sport and active recreation across South Canterbury.

Spokesperson for the South Canterbury Spaces and Places group, Julian Blanchard, said that the great number of responses received from sporting and recreation groups, schools and local councils have helped us amass a wealth of data about these facilities.

“With this larger than expected response it’s taking our team longer to collate, compare, analyse and verify the data.

“We had hoped to have the plan completed in October but due to the volume and complexity of the data we’re dealing with we’ve had to extend the timeline of completing our report until early next year.”

The South Canterbury Spaces and Places Plan is the first time an inventory of facilities has been collated for the region. Having this inventory will enable us to identify needs and priorities on a regional basis.

“The plan will support more effective and efficient facility decision making and will be extremely useful in the future for all facility owners, operators and users.

“The large amount of information received for the plan from different sources is a great start. Although this means the plan will take a bit longer to complete, it means that we will be able to produce a better informed and more comprehensive and usable plan.

“We would like to thank the many volunteers and organisations who have submitted information. While we are confident that we have captured data on most facilities, we still suspect that there may be facilities we haven’t heard about, most of which will be privately owned, so would urge owners or operators to get in touch.”

Last updated: 24 Feb 2021