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.

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