Hub wins award

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Te Awa­mutu’s hub was an­nounced a win­ner at the Prop­erty Coun­cil of New Zealand We Are Waikato — Prop­erty Peo­ple Awards 2018.

At last Thurs­day night’s awards in Hamil­ton, Waipa¯ and Beca scooped the Prop­erty Coun­cil New Zealand Ur­ban De­sign Award for de­vel­op­ment of the Te Awa­mutu Hub in­clud­ing the Pi­o­neer Park Play­ground and Pop ‘n’ Good Bike Park.

Waipa¯ mayor Jim Mylchreest said the project was the re­sult of 10 years of plan­ning and both Coun­cil and Beca had achieved “some­thing quite spe­cial” for the com­mu­nity.

The de­vel­op­ment in­cludes a wa­ter play area, un­der-5 play area, balance and slide area, new play­ground equip­ment as well as the bike skills park.

The ex­ist­ing bar­be­cue and pic­nic area were up­graded to make the area a com­mu­nity fo­cal point, sit­ting along­side the Man­gao­hoi Stream.

“But more im­por­tantly, it was how the de­vel­op­ment cre­ated a fo­cal point for the com­mu­nity that was most im­pres­sive,” said Mayor Jim.

“The new play­ground and bike skills park are fan­tas­tic ad­di­tions to the Sel­wyn Park area and sit along­side the ex­ist­ing Li­brary, Events Cen­tre and Rose Gar­dens.

“We were able to cre­ate a won­der­ful fam­ily at­mos­phere, at­tract vis­i­tors to the heart of our town and build on the real sense of com­mu­nity Te Awa­mutu is al­ready well known for.” Beca’s Waikato re­gional man­ager Richard Douch said it was great to be recog­nised amongst six other out­stand­ing en­tries, in­clud­ing na­tion­ally recog­nised projects, such as Vic­to­ria on the River.

“We’re in­cred­i­bly proud of the Hub and what it means for the com­mu­nity. It in­cor­po­rates both best prac­tice ur­ban de­sign prin­ci­ples and the needs of the peo­ple of Te Awa­mutu,” said Richard.

“It is more than just a play­ground, bike skills park and street up­grade — it in­cor­po­rates the col­lec­tive ef­fort of the past 10 years, from strat­egy, to de­sign, to im­ple­men­ta­tion and se­cur­ing the Sel­wyn Lane/Gorst Av­enue area as a com­mu­nity hub.

“The vi­sion and lead­er­ship by Coun­cil, and the role the com­mu­nity has played along each stage has been par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing for our team to be in­volved in.

“We hope chil­dren and adults make the most of it.”

The com­mu­nity was taken on a jour­ney from con­cept through to the fin­ished prod­uct, in­clud­ing us­ing vir­tual re­al­ity, host­ing walk­ing tours to show how the bike park would in­te­grate with the rose gar­dens and an open­ing party at­tract­ing 1500 adults, chil­dren and bikes.

The lat­est ad­di­tion, the Pop ‘n’ Good Bike Park, was funded by Te Awa­mutu-based com­pany, Davies Food, which launched the pop­corn brand in their Te Awa­mutu home kitchen in 1984.

Photo / Sup­plied

Flashback to the open­ing of Pop ‘n’ Good Bike Park and Pi­o­neer Park Play­ground ex­ten­sion ear­lier this year.

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