Golf course’s fate up in the air

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

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.

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Big de­ci­sion: The 32 hectare Cham­ber­lain Park is up for dis­cus­sion as Al­bert-Eden faces a se­ri­ous short­fall of open space.

Peter Haynes

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