Board votes for two more toi­lets at Opa­heke Park

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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.

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