Com­ment on park plan

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

A CON­TRO­VER­SIAL ini­tia­tive to call lights-out in West­ern Park is up for de­bate, as part of con­sul­ta­tion on the park’s longterm devel­op­ment plan.

The Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board has drawn up the West­ern Park Devel­op­ment Plan, to pro­vide de­sign guide­lines on how the 4.8-hectare park should be im­proved over the next 10 years.

Light­ing is likely to be a hot topic within public feed­back, Free­mans Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion cochair­woman Lynne But­ler says.

A pro­posal to turn off the lights in the park to dis­cour­age peo­ple from us­ing it at night has been met with crit­i­cism from res­i­dents and ad­vo­cacy groups, who ques­tion how mak­ing it darker will im­prove safety (Har­bour News, Novem­ber 26, 2014).

But board mem­ber Ver­non Tava says the ini­tia­tive is based on feed­back from po­lice, com­mu­nity safety teams and over­seas re­search.

The age of the lights’ wiring and electrics is a ma­jor cat­a­lyst for says.

‘‘Lights in the park were con­structed in the 1960s and are in dire need of re­place­ment, so it is an op­por­tu­nity to also re­view how the park is lit and to move for­ward with the best ar­range­ment

its re­view, he be­ing made for park users.

‘‘We re­ceived quite a bit feed­back at the end of last year when the fail­ing lights were ques­tioned. Now that the con­sul­ta­tion is open, I hope those same peo­ple will read the plan and com­plete the feed­back sur­vey.’’

But­ler says the place­ment of the toi­lets at the Howe St end of the park is also likely to be dis­cussed in re­gards to the plans.

‘‘We’re pleased this con­sul­ta­tion is hap­pen­ing be­cause there are a num­ber of things that need to be fixed in the park, like the play­ground and the light­ing,’’ she says.

Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board chair­man Shale Cham­bers says the park is con­sid­ered an ex­ten­sion of Free­mans Bay and Pon­sonby res­i­dents’ backyards.

Both com­mu­ni­ties are ‘‘heav­ily in­volved’’ in this con­sul­ta­tion, he says.

The devel­op­ment plan also in­cludes pro­pos­als to re­new the play­ground, with a new fly­ing fox and bark play sur­face in­stalled, and im­prove the park’s sig­nage.

Flood­light­ing and a sand­car­pet base is pro­posed, to up­grade the sports field to max­imise its use.

The po­ten­tial to re­ha­bil­i­tate the Tu­na­mau Stream that runs through the park, may mean sec­tions of the stormwa­ter pipe are re­moved and stormwa­ter stor­age is cre­ated near to the play­ground and toi­lets.

Con­sul­ta­tion is open un­til April 30.

Go to sha­peauck­ to view the plans and give feed­back.

Copies of the doc­u­ments and feed­back forms are also avail­able at li­braries, Stu­dio One and the Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board of­fice.


Feed­back is be­ing sought on the West­ern Park Devel­op­ment Plan to guide how the 4.8-hectare park should be im­proved over the next 10 years.

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