Young people decide design
Students from Porirua College, Cannons Creek and Windley Schools have been brainstorming on how to revamp the basketball cage area and Bedford Reserve behind the Cannons Creek shops.
Last week they came together to see those ideas converted into design plans for the first time, and they loved what they saw.
Richard Mariner,9, of Cannons Creek School got his first look at the draft plans. ‘‘It’s looking awesome.’’ The project is being driven by Porirua City Council and draft design plans have been drawn up by a landscape architect who worked with the project group.
The first stage of the revamp will concentrate on Bedford Reserve, behind Cannons Creek pool. The students have been looking at creating a central family hub, where they can cook and eat. As well there will be play features such as a sand volleyball court, maze, flying fox, swings and an under-fives sand play area.
Once completed, subject to funding, attention will turn to revamping the cage basketball courts and the pathways connecting the two areas.
‘‘It’s great for the students to be able to see their ideas down on paper and today was about seeing what will work and what we can afford,’’ said Partners Porirua School Partnership Facilitator Rachel Scott.
The aim is to begin construction in early 2017.