Northeast playgrounds challenged by Mayor
‘‘Why wouldn't we do one playground well?’’
A two playground proposal for northeast Hamilton won support despite a challenge from the mayor.
A Te Huia playground in Flagstaff was part of Hamilton City Council plans and $906,000 - plus maintenance - was budgeted.
Council now wants to split that between Te Huia Reserve and a second playground in nearby Hare Puke Park.
‘‘Why wouldn’t we do one playground well?’’ Mayor Andrew King asked at Tuesday’s community and services committee meeting.
Other councillors saw the plan as a smart use of council cash and supported it in principle, but requested more information.
The money was earmarked for a destination playground planned for Te Huia, but Hare Puke Park is beside the proposed Sylvester school site so a second playground could be a council - Ministry of Education partnership.
King predicted half-finished playgrounds half-finished needing more council money.
General manager of community Lance Vervoort disagreed, saying, ‘‘they’ll just be a bit smaller than destination playgrounds.’’
The Hare Puke development could be staged and outside funders will be approached, staff said.
Several councillors said the northeast is crying out for facilities. Ten voted to support splitting the budget and to be updated on design and funding plans in September.