Park path mapped
Enough talk, it’s time for action on Karehana Park.
The Plimmerton park will get its makeover, starting this month, after 78 surveys were received on the redevelopment and 70 people turned up to an open day last November.
‘‘We don’t want to muck around. It’s full on now,’’ Karehana Park project group member Roger Johnston said. ‘‘We’ve done our homework, we’ve done lots of consulting and we’re basing this on statistical facts of what people want.’’
A new path, a petanque court, no-dog zone and creekside planting are among the updates to the park planned for the next two years.
Suggestions were only made part of the makeover if the community voted overwhelmingly for them, Mr Johnston said.
‘‘If there wasn’t a strong swing one way or the other we let it lie.’’
Plans strongly voted down by the community included tree planting around the park perimeter – neighbours were worried about their sun being blocked – and a basketball court at the south end.
A petanque court will be built there instead, an idea which cropped up at the park open day on November 19.
The first addition to be actioned will be a 160- metre path running from the southern Cluny Rd entrance to the playground at the park’s north end, which will encourage visitors in winter when the grass is boggy but won’t compromise the park’s grass field.
‘‘ It’s got to remain an open area for kids to learn to ride bikes, fly kites, kick a ball around,’’ Mr Johnston said.
The park redevelopment is part of Plimmerton and Porirua City Council’s village plan and will be funded entirely by the community.
‘‘Basically all the funding has to come from donations.
‘‘It’s very much a community project,’’ he said. ‘‘Everybody says the council should do it but also don’t want their rates to go up.’’
To fund the $ 18,000 path, Karehana Park project group will be selling nameengraved paving stones for $150, each of which will fund a metre of the path.
Mr Johnston said a dog-free zone would soon be marked out in the northern half of Karehana Park and this would satisfy an existing council requirement to keep dogs away from playgrounds.
A shallow trench with a few inches of creek running through it will be redesigned as a sloping bank covered in native planting, which will reduce the risk of toddlers falling into the water.
A proposal to move the playground was not overwhelmingly popular and any revamp of the playground will wait until council funding is made available in the two or three years.
In December the Karehana Park project group replaced the park’s Cluny Rd entrance fence with bollards to allow pram and wheelchair access.
Park plan: In the next year Plimmerton’s Karehana Park is to get a border path, a petanque court, a dog-free zone and some planting.