Save the park

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

Re­cently the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board con­grat­u­lated them­selves for per­mit­ting the restora­tion of Nes­field House in Val­ley Rd, to be­come ex­pen­sive apart­ments.

On the other hand they want to make an im­por­tant Mt Al­bert icon, Cham­ber­lain Park, into sports­fields.

This up­sets me as a lo­cal res­i­dent, de­stroy­ing a beau­ti­ful, nat­u­ral, en­vi­ron­men­tal area that al­ready pro­vides recre­ation to many.

Does this sym­bol­ise a coun­cil hell-bent on ma­nip­u­lat­ing lo­cal land­marks to their own van­ity, the ba­sis of which is not about en­hanc­ing lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties, but to make their ‘‘mark’’ per­son­ally on the po­lit­i­cal land­scape.

Lit­tle has been said that a large num­ber of peo­ple who use golf as recre­ation, and ac­cess Cham­ber­lain Park, are ‘‘ma­ture’’ cit­i­zens who would not find another venue for their out­door ex­er­cise if this were lost.

Are sports­fields and parks only for the young?

And speak­ing of which, what about the huge num­ber of younger golfers in­spired by Ly­dia Ko?

Where do they also go to play on a lo­cal pub­lic course?

In Mt Al­bert we love our vol­canic her­itage, but to flat­ten an un­du­lat­ing rocky golf course will re­quire large heavy ma­chin­ery pound­ing the hard basalt rock.

I am all for parks, but please keep Cham­ber­lain Park a nat­u­ral re­source of un­du­lat­ing fair­ways, large trees, that is an area spe­cial to Mt Al­bert and all of Auck­land.

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