Save the park
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.