Park path mapped

Com­mu­nity con­sulted

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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