Canterbury's newest one-stop aquatic and recreation centre – the EA Networks Centre – will be officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister, Bill English, on Saturday 9 May.
19 months since construction began in October 2013, the official opening ceremony will be a celebration of a state-of-the-art, 8000m2 building that is set to meet the sporting and recreational needs of the local community and greater Canterbury for years to come.
Kicking off at 12.45, the milestone event is open to anyone who wishes to attend although the Centre will only be operating in its full capacity for people to start using the pools, gym, classes and courts from the following day, Sunday 10th May (10am – 5pm).
Sports Facility Manager Steven Prescott says the event will be a fantastic celebration of what's been achieved and all that the impressive Centre offers.
"Whether people want to join the Centre to really challenge their fitness levels or spend time relaxing with friends at the pool, the new sporting hub is an important asset for locals and visitors alike."
Mayor McKay says it's a privilege to have Deputy Prime Minister Bill English officially open the Centre.
"His presence is further recognition that this is a major achievement for the region.
"Having a development as significant as this in Ashburton is a real testament to Council's commitment to the immediate and long-term sporting and recreational needs of the whole community.
"It marks the beginning of a new sporting era for our district. People have been looking forward to the doors opening for a long time and we're now set to go."
Mr Prescott would also like to extend Council's thanks and appreciation to architects Warren & Mahoney, builders Naylor Love and Ashburton Contracting Limited for producing a building of this calibre. He says "their work has been second to none".
For the opening ceremony, there will be no on-site parking available for members of the public so people who are keen to come along will need to park their cars on the streets around the EA Networks Centre.