Kaipātiki youth will soon have a smart new safe place to meet, network and socialise thanks to Kaipātiki Local Board.
The local board is investing $800k into refurbishing the old Marlborough Park Hall so it can operate as a youth-focused centre for 12 to 24 year-olds.
Improvements to the hall will include construction of a new kitchen and bathrooms, realignment of rooms, installation of a new communications system, an extension of the north terrace, new wiring and insulation, and improved building access.
The hall was identified as good option for a youth focused facility due to its proximity to the popular Marlborough Park, its central location, and its proximity to regular bus services.
Local board member Richard Hills says the facility will be a fun place to be and will also help address important issues confronting young people. “Youth suicide, teen pregnancy and lack of decent employment opportunities are real problems for young people right across Auckland,” says Hills.
‘‘Our local youth have been asking for a space that focuses on their interests and needs, so I am excited this project has now the green light to proceed.”
Priorities for the facility include increasing youth health and employment readiness through a range of youth focused events, services and programmes. The centre will also have some hireable spaces available for the wider community.
Final detailed design is underway with construction expected to start in early 2016.
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