Road a no go for park

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

A pro­posal to al­low ve­hi­cle ac­cess to a Waterview park is off the agenda.

In April, Auck­land City Coun­cil of­fi­cials told mem­bers of the Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Board the in­stal­la­tion of a low speed road through Heron Park could im­prove ac­cess for the pub­lic.

But at last month’s meet­ing, coun­cil se­nior pol­icy an­a­lyst Ma­guerite Quin told the board the idea has been shelved af­ter con­cerns were raised by the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Board mem­ber Cather­ine Farmer says the de­ci­sion is a pos­i­tive move.

“Ba­si­cally Heron Park is zoned for open space and is for pas­sive recre­ation like jog­ging and walk­ing.

“We thought that a road was in­ap­pro­pri­ate through an open spaced area.”

She says there were sev­eral con­cerns raised by lo­cal res­i­dents.

Th­ese in­clude the pos­si­bil­ity that a road could en­cour­age more drink­ing at the park and ve­hi­cles driv­ing around could cre­ate safety is­sues with chil­dren play­ing in the area.

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