Open space at Eden Park re­mains un­der cloud

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Hopes for pub­lic open space to be in­cluded in the Eden Park up­grade de­pend on a land­scap­ing plan to be re­leased next month.

Auck­land city coun­cil­lor Cathy Casey is wor­ried an early prom­ise to in­clude a com­mu­nity park has been aban­doned.

She says pub­lic space has been left out of the plans re­vealed so far.

“The open space is some­thing that has al­ways been dan­gled as a carrot,” she says. “It shrunk from a park, to a pocket park, to a play­ground, and now it looks like it’s go­ing to be­come a row of trees.”

Dr Casey raised her con­cerns at last week’s trans­port com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Ken Bag­u­ley says he would sup­port pub­lic space be­ing in­cluded in the de­sign.

Eden Park Re­de­vel­op­ment Board chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Fee­ley says he un­der­stands pro­vi­sion for pub­lic space was con­sid­ered when it was thought Auck­land Cricket would va­cate the num­ber 2 ground.

Auck­land Cricket are now stay­ing put, but Mr Fee­ley says the idea hasn’t been for­got­ten.

“We haven’t fi­nalised our land­scap­ing de­sign yet but we are try­ing to in­cor­po­rate some pub­lic space in and around that de­sign,” he says.

Mr Fee­ley says he ex­pects the de­sign to be made pub­lic in mid to late Novem­ber.

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