Board votes for two more toilets at Opaheke Park
A Papakura park’s ‘‘passive users’’ will have two $40,000 public toilets to choose between in the future.
The toilets are part of two projects proposed for the southern end of Opaheke Park.
One includes upgrading two sports fields to sand carpets with lights, while the other is the construction of a toilet and changingrooms block.
In October, preliminary drawings were presented to the Papakura Local Board showing a building with four separate changing rooms, four toilets, storage, tuck shop and a referees room.
Auckland Council documents say that ‘‘the design allows for a second stage to incorporate clubrooms on the first floor at a later date and service provisions will be in place to allow for stagetwo requirements’’.
The plans met with general approval, however, the board asked to see two additional toilets added to the design.
They are for ‘‘more passive users’’ who use the park outside times when the changing rooms will be open.
Council officers reported back in December saying the cost of convenience adds $80,000 to the latest projected cost of just over $2.32 million.
The local board was presented with three choices: go with the original plan (no additional toilets); go with the second plan and find $80,000 to pay for it; or defer the decision for a month.
Staff recommended option one however the local board approved option two and requested the additional funding to be sourced from the $1.75m Opaheke Park Encumbrance Fund.
The fund was established in May 2017 when Motleon Ltd paid the council to uplift a 999-year encumbrance on the former Papakura golf course on Bellfield Road, to be developed into a Special Housing Area with 500 homes.
Board chair Brent Catchpole says the allocation is ‘‘in keeping with the purpose of that fund’’.
He says park users welcome the impending upgrades and are looking forward to have somewhere to change after a game.
‘‘The new facilities will also cater for passive recreation users,’’ he says.
‘‘As a local board we’re keen to make sure our local sporting facilities are fit for purpose so Papakura continues to attract sporting events and competitions of regional and national significance,’’ Catchpole says.
‘‘The development of sports fields and facilities at Opaheke are a big part of that.
‘‘Currently the fields at the park are used by the Drury Cricket and Drury Football Clubs as satellite venues, but not permanent bases because there are no on-site facilities other than a single portaloo, which unfortunately has been subject to vandalism.’’
Catchpole says the board has funded a sports needs assessment plan for the Papakura area to identify what sports facilities the community already has and needs.
He says preliminary results are expected in two to three months.