Park concept approved

A little neighbourhood park and play area in Ōrewa took its next step towards completion last month, when the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board approved the concept design.

The land at 86 Harvest Avenue was purchased by the council for a neighbourhood park in the 2016/2017 financial year as part of a subdivision. 

Housing has already been completed around the reserve, but the reserve itself is currently a grassed area with a concrete footpath. 

The park that will be built is designed to provide the surrounding residents with a green space and somewhere to take the children to play as this is a high growth area.

At the local board’s August 22 meeting, a final budget of $805,000 was approved.

The reserve is just under 3000sqm, and what will be included in the space involved public consultation. 

Council staff say this feedback informed the design, including recognition of issues such as neighbours overlooking the park, and noise.

Feedback from children was also taken into account, in relation to the choice of play equipment. The concept design for the playground caters for children aged 0-13 years and will also provide sensory and all-inclusive play elements. It includes largely timber equipment for a more natural look, including a seesaw rocker, carousel and swings. There is a musical bridge, talk tubes and a timber and net climbing frame with treehouse deck and slide as well as a wheelchair accessible trampoline set. Specimen and fruit trees will be planted but, although local board members expressed a preference for shade to be provided by trees, shade sails are proposed over part of the play area. Partial fencing will be put in due to a busy road by the park.

The project is expected to take around a year to complete.

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