Ōtāhuhu Recreation Precinct Project
Ōtāhuhu’s new recreation precinct creates an exciting hub for the suburb with a new library and aquatic centre.
Tōia - Ōtāhuhu’s new recreational precinct was officially opened on Saturday 8 August by Mayor Len Brown and Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board chairperson Lemauga Lydia Sosene.
Tōia is a multi-purpose facility which includes:
- a new library
- aquatic centre with toddler, learning, lap and bombing pools. It also has spas and a sauna and an outdoor water play area.
- community teaching garden
- new playground
- upgraded fitness centre and the existing recreation centre.
Tōia, also houses a range of spectacular artworks including:
spirit level by Daniel Clifford - a piece featuring more than 1660 hand blown glass spheres, blown by the community that hangs above the library
artworks commissioned in partnership with mana whenua Te Ākitai Waiohua, Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei, Ngaati Te Ata, Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Maru and Te Ahiwaru.
The facility will allow Ōtāhuhu residents to come together to swim, play, read and relax. The space and facilities will create a hub of activity and focal point for Ōtāhuhu that is vibrant, and conveys a sense of fun, recreation and learning.
The $30.9m project is a priority for the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board and follows many years of planning and proposals under the previous council and community board, as well as advocacy from the community.
The design of the precinct takes inspiration from Ōtāhuhu itself, with Pacific and Maori-inspired elements, and will reflect the diversity of the community and create a sense of place for Ōtāhuhu.
- three lounge areas providing spaces for youth, children and adults
- learning and homework room, including computers
- wifi throughout
- community meeting room for use outside library hours
- quiet reading zone.
- 25-metre lap pool
- teaching pool with ramp
- toddlers’ pool with fun water features for young children
- leisure and "bombing" pool - a deep-water pool for older children and youth
- outdoor splash pad with interactive water features adjoining an dedicated outdoor picnic area
- upstairs fitness centre overlooking the indoor pool
- saunas and a spa pool
- large doors that can open to the outside green area.
The existing recreation centre will incorporate a group fitness space.
- large open space that can be used for community events
- retaining the existing basketball court, which will also be used as a civic events space with terraced seating and improved connection to the David Lange Memorial
- barbecue and picnic area
- new volcano-inspired playground
- community teaching garden with covered teaching space
- new pathways and lighting
- pedestrian-friendly car park with lighting and security.
For more information about the new library -. Ōtāhuhu Pātaka Kōrero, visit the Auckland Libraries website.
For further details about the aquatic and recreation centre visit the Ōtāhuhu pool and leisure centre website.