Open space at Eden Park remains under cloud
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.