Plan­ning for more play room

Cambridge Edition - - FRONT PAGE - GARY FAR­ROW

Waipa plans to spend $1.1 mil­lion on play­grounds to keep up with the de­mand gen­er­ated by the district’s pop­u­la­tion growth.

It would in­clude $760,000 on new des­ti­na­tion play­grounds in Cam­bridge North and at Rangi­marie Re­serve in Piron­gia.

It was also pro­posed that $392,000 be in­vested in up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing play­grounds at Thomp­son Street in Leam­ing­ton and Cen­ten­nial Park in Te Awa­mutu.

De­tails were out­lined in the Waipa District Coun­cil’s draft 10-year plan, which was re­leased for pub­lic feed­back re­cently.

The coun­cil’s man­ager of com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties Bruce Airey said the money for the Cam­bridge North des­ti­na­tion play­ground was sim­ply be­ing put aside for the up­com­ing project.

‘‘There are no spe­cific plans as yet,’’ Airey said. ‘‘The long term plan is an­tic­i­pat­ing for the need of a des­ti­na­tion play­ground in Cam­bridge North due to growth in that area. This is fore­cast for year four of the plan.’’

Com­mu­nity ameni­ties such as play­grounds were listed un­der the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act as core ser­vices of coun­cils.

Coun­cil recog­nises in its doc­u­ments that as the pop­u­la­tion of Cam­bridge and the district grows, it will need to in­vest in more land or ex­ist­ing open spa­ces to cater for com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­men­tal needs.

Waipa District Coun­cil Cam­bridge ward coun­cil­lor Liz Stol­wyk said play­grounds were part and par­cel of keep­ing up with a grow­ing town.

‘‘It’ll be a con­sid­er­a­tion that most of our growth is go­ing to go Cam­bridge North. As we con­tinue to grow as a town, it’s clear that we’ve got to cre­ate fa­cil­i­ties for all of our res­i­dents, in­clud­ing younger mem­bers as well.’’

Coun­cil pro­posed op­por­tu­ni­ties for des­ti­na­tion play­grounds be looked at be­cause of the value they pro­vide.

‘‘There’s no doubt in my mind that what we’re build­ing is re­ally only fu­ture-proof­ing our town any­way, so it’s got to be a good thing,’’ Stol­wyk said.

An in­vest­ment in a mod­est num­ber of des­ti­na­tion play­grounds can yield a great cost-ben­e­fit ra­tio, coun­cil’s sup­port­ing doc­u­ments along­side the con­sul­ta­tion said. How­ever, coun­cil­lors did not want des­ti­na­tion play­grounds to come at the loss of neigh­bour­hood play­grounds.

MARK TAY­LOR/STUFF

Chris Hendy’s toma­toes will help fund the Cam­bridge Brass Band’s trip to France.

Perry Park play­ground at the Avan­tidrome is an ex­am­ple of a fully equipped play­ground, sim­i­lar to a des­ti­na­tion play­ground.

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