More parks and open space for Auck­lan­ders

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

A re­port pre­sented to Auck­land Coun­cil’s En­vi­ron­ment and Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee last month out­lined the $43.7 mil­lion coun­cil spent pur­chas­ing new parks and open space for Auck­lan­ders in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year. The coun­cil spent $29.7 mil­lion on 13 new parks and open space areas to­talling around 9.5 hectares. An ad­di­tional $14 mil­lion was spent com­plet­ing the pur­chase of sports fields at Hob­sonville and a progress pay­ment at Monte Ce­cilia Park. As well as pur­chas­ing new park­land, the coun­cil gained six new parks and open space areas at no cap­i­tal cost to ratepay­ers. This in­cludes a sig­nif­i­cant gift from Ngāti Manuhiri of 180 hectares of land at Te Arai South. To­day the En­vi­ron­ment and Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee agreed to for­mally recog­nise the be­quest with a for­mal cer­e­mony to ac­knowl­edge the ex­cep­tional gift made by Ngāti Manuhiri. Dis­posal of land The coun­cil also chose to dis­pose of a small num­ber of non-ser­vice parks and open space areas. The chair­per­son of the En­vi­ron­ment and Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee, Coun­cil­lor Penny Hulse, stresses that the amount of open space that the coun­cil has dis­posed of is a tiny frac­tion com­pared to parks and open space land that has been ac­quired in the same time pe­riod. How will new open space be de­vel­oped? It is the role of lo­cal boards to de­cide how lo­cal parks and open spa­ces will be de­vel­oped. They also have re­spon­si­bil­ity for main­tain­ing new lo­cal parks.

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