Open day high­lights makeover plans for Myers Park

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

A long-over­due makeover of one of Auck­land’s in­ner city parks is closer to get­ting the green light.

Myers Park is ap­proach­ing its 100-year an­niver­sary and in that time only a few al­ter­ations have been made.

The Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board signed off on a devel­op­ment plan to re­vi­talise the his­toric park last year which es­tab­lishes a set of guid­ing prin­ci­ples and de­sign ideas for de­vel­op­ments in and around the space.

The board will host an open day at Myers Park Kin­der­garten on Sun­day al­low­ing peo­ple to view il­lus­tra­tions of the pro­posed up­grades to its Queen St, May­oral Dr and Poyn­ton Tce en­trances, play­ground and light­ing.

Eight projects will be im­ple­mented over the next two years in­clud­ing up­grades to park fur­ni­ture and signs as well as veg­e­ta­tion man- age­ment and plant­ing. Con­struc­tion is due to start at the be­gin­ning of next year.

Im­prove­ments can’t be made soon enough for some park-go­ers.

Karanga­hape Rd res­i­dent Tina Plun­kett and her 3-year-old daugh­ter Jas­mine use the park daily.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is re­ally ex­cited – it’s well over­due,’’ she says.

Ms Plun­kett has lived on and off in the area for the past 20 years and says it’s not just par­ents and chil­dren who will ben­e­fit from the over­haul.

‘‘The ac­tual park is lovely but at the mo­ment if you’re walk­ing through here at night if it was bet­ter lit you would feel more se­cure.’’

The park is some­times lit­tered with bro­ken bot­tles and used con­doms, she says.

Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board chair­man Shale Cham­bers says par­ticu- lar at­ten­tion has been paid to in­crease vis­i­bil­ity and en­sure the park is well-used as a safe in­nercity park re­gard­less of the time of day.

‘‘We want to make sure it is a safe, child-friendly place to visit which ap­peals to users from across the city.’’

Photo: JESS LEE

Park-go­ers: Tina Plun­kett and her daugh­ter Jas­mine are look­ing for­ward to the makeover of Myers Park.

Child-friendly park: An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed new play­ground area.

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