Golf course’s fate up in the air
A 32-hectare piece of land in central Auckland will be retained as open space, but exactly how it will be divided up is still up for discussion.
Mt Albert’s Chamberlain Park came under Auckland Council management in June last year after Auckland City Golf Course’s lease ran out.
The park’s future as a public space is being debated, with sports fields and community gardens mooted.
Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes says he is opposed to the sale of open space for subdivisions.
The Albert-Eden area has just 2.9 hectares of open space for every 1000 residents, he says.
As of 2011, about 101,200 people live in the AlbertEden geographic area, between Waterview and Greenlane.
The board has the biggest shortfall of public park space per capita on the Auckland isthmus, Haynes says.
This means Albert-Eden must make the most of Chamberlain Park, he says.
‘‘People must have the opportunity to enjoy themselves in large, open spaces.’’
Demand for sports fields in Albert-Eden is already on the up.
Auckland Cricket’s Daniel Farrow says Albert-Eden has a 13-wicket shortfall for junior games. He says the shortfall is expected to grow to 19.7 cricket wickets by 2021 – the second-largest shortfall in Auckland.
Haynes says there are few nearby places for residents to walk their dogs or children to run around in.
An independent report on Chamberlain Park says the site ‘‘offers a type of golf course for which there is understood to be an oversupply in the region’’.
Growing costs and a lack of patronage were two of the reasons council sought to change how Chamberlain Park is used.
An initial concept plan includes a playground, recreation facility, gardens and six full-sized sports fields.
The plan is not set in stone and the park’s fate will be decided by Albert-Eden Local Board after the consultation period ends.
It is hoped enough land for a nine-hole golf course, a beginner’s course and a driving range can be retained.
Submissions are open from July 7 to August 6, in conjunction with the AlbertEden Local Board plan consultation period.
Big decision: The 32 hectare Chamberlain Park is up for discussion as Albert-Eden faces a serious shortfall of open space.