As­cot Park’s all set to get $3m up­grade

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

As­cot Park might be in for a name change.

Es­tab­lished in the 1960s, the 13-hectare patch of open ground, not the sub­urb, is badly in need of a makeover, As­cot Park Neigh­bours As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Gareth Fos­ter said.

Work­ing with Porirua City Coun­cil and with funds from the vil­lage plan­ning pro­gramme, a land­scape ar­chi­tect has drawn up plans for an up­grade cost­ing up to $3 mil­lion.

A dog ex­er­cise area be­low Te Kura Maori o Porirua is the first cab off the rank this fi­nan­cial year, Fos­ter said.

‘‘The whole park is tired and we want to make it a com­mu­nity hub, where peo­ple come to,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s no ‘bump point’ ... where peo­ple can con­gre­gate. We’re all about the three As - all ages, ac­tiv­i­ties and ac­cess. A lot of peo­ple are talk­ing about the dog park.’’

Along with a new play area for 5 to 12-year-olds, plans show a bike track, com­mu­nity or­chard, fit­ness sta­tions, a path around the edge of the park, ex­tra park­ing and land­scap­ing - all likely to be staged over the com­ing years.

There could be a name change on the hori­zon, too.

‘‘You have As­cot Park the park and you have As­cot Park the sub- urb,’’ Fos­ter said.

‘‘Wouldn’t it be great to have the name for the park linked back to some­thing his­tor­i­cal in the area, or keep with the race­horse theme we have with the streets? We re­ally want the com­mu­nity in­volved the whole way in what’s be­ing pro­posed.’’

To that end, a pub­lic meet­ing is be­ing held in the Rangikura School staffroom on Septem­ber 13, from 7pm. Fos­ter said As­cot Park Neigh­bours As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers and Porirua City Coun­cil of­fi­cers will be there to an­swer any ques­tions the pub­lic might have.

The coun­cil has been will­ing and help­ful through this process, Fos­ter said.

One part of the re-de­sign that will in­voke a lot of dis­cus­sion is a two-storey com­mu­nity cen­tre, with chang­ing rooms, which would be sited be­low the kura. It is an ex­pen­sive item, but Fos­ter hoped it would gain some trac­tion as the chang­ing sheds next to the cur­rent park - af­fec­tion­ately known as ‘‘the bunker’’ - are an un­invit­ing throw­back to a by­gone era.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is also in talks with Count­down about up­grad­ing a walk­way from Con­clu­sion St down to the new su­per­mar­ket.

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

As­cot Park Neigh­bours As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Gareth Fos­ter with the park’s up­grade plans.

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