Residents rue park’s cash woes
UNFINISHED business at Grey Lynn Park has got residents wondering where all the money’s gone.
At a recent Western Bays Community Board meeting Grey Lynn local Kris MacPherson asked why park improvement projects were being left unfinished or not even started.
A concept design plan for the popular inner city park was developed by the council in 2004, with about $500,000 being earmarked for the upgrades.
Although the first two years of the plan were implemented, funding has since stalled, leaving footpaths unfinished, parking areas unsafe, and playgrounds incomplete.
“We’re just disappointed really,” says Ms MacPherson, a landscape architect and member of the Grey Lynn Park Advisory Group.
“For the last two years we’ve basically been repeating ourselves.”
Ms MacPherson says general maintenance of footpaths is a key issue, with existing paths being neglected and new footpaths being left unfi
She says as well as general maintenance, projects such as the new playground and flying fox haven’t been completed.
The 34 new carparks at the park’s Elgin St entrance have not been followed with a traffic management plan and those parking on the opposite side of Elgin St must negotiate speedsters as they enter the park.
“At some point there is going to be an accident. It’s sort of like Russian roulette.”
She says in the meantime the council has been promoting the park as a gathering place for events, meaning it is busier than ever.
Community board chairman Bruce Kilmister says they are concerned the council is not going forward with the planned works and agrees there needs to be a higher degree of maintenance in the well-used park.
Councillor Graeme Easte says the flow of funds has been stopped because of a change in the way parks are funded.
unding now comes from a city-wide level rather than from the parks’ individual ward and he says Grey Lynn Park has been overlooked in the changeover.
Mr Easte says there has been no decision made to cancel funding for the park.
“It looks like they’ve dropped the ball on this.”
Mr Kilmister says council officers are investigating the reasons behind the stalled developments and will report back to the community board in June.
Beaten track: Kris MacPherson is disappointed developments in Grey Lynn Park have come to a grinding halt.