New-look vil­lage green

Havelock North Village Press - - Front Page -

Have­lock North should have a new-look vil­lage green by next sum­mer.

Work on a $1.5 mil­lion up­grade of the Have­lock North Do­main will start in amonth.

The plan for the park in­cludes build­ing a new play­ground with a chil­dren’s wa­ter play area, sun shades, a re­vamped skate area de­signed for small chil­dren, paths and new seat­ing and ta­bles.

The devel­op­ment of the park is a once in a gen­er­a­tion project which will see the do­main be­come the true heart and con­nec­tor within the vil­lage, says coun­cil’s Re­serve Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man, coun­cil­lor Wayne Bradshaw.

The start date de­pends on a fi­nal de­ci­sion on mov­ing the his­toric cricket pav­il­ion, a de­ci­sion that will be made in the next few weeks.

It had been in­tended to leave it where it is, how­ever the com­mu­nity asked that it be moved to amore cen­tral po­si­tion. If that goes ahead, it will take the place of the cur­rent Plun­ket build­ing on the Te Mata Rd side of the do­main.

To move it re­quires $300,000 not in­cluded in the up­grade bud­get. Coun­cil has in­cluded half of that amount for con­sid­er­a­tion in the an­nual plan, with the com­mu­nity re­quired to raise the other half.

Have­lock North res­i­dent and de­signer Andy Coltart, who led the sub­mis­sions in favour of mov­ing the near 80-year-old build­ing, has started a fundrais­ing drive and the Have­lock North Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion has agreed to sup­port the project.

The pav­il­ion was de­signed by Hast­ings ar­chi­tect Eric Phillips and opened in 1938. Un­til Karanema Drive was pushed through the orig­i­nal cricket field, the build­ing pro­vided a view over the ac­tion. Now it is con­sid­ered to be iso­lated and has lim­ited use.

If moved it will face into the park, in­clude pub­lic toi­lets with a sep­a­rate en­trance and be fronted with a large paved area suit­able for out­door events.

“It’s about cre­at­ing a com­mu­nity space out of the beau­ti­ful his­toric build­ing,” Coun­cil­lor San­dra Ha­zle­hurst says.

“From the moment the idea was pre­sented to re­lo­cate the beau­ti­ful his­toric pav­il­ion to cre­ate a fo­cal point in the re­de­vel­oped vil­lage green, the com­mu­nity has em­braced the idea.

“The pav­il­ion will be­come a gath­er­ing place for meet­ings, a hub from which to run events and con­certs and pro­vide a new home for com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups like Plun­ket and the toy li­brary.”

Mr Bradshaw says the project will draw a num­ber of pub­lic build­ings to­gether to form a cul­tural core for Have­lock North.

“Once fin­ished, the church, the pav­il­ion, the Have­lock North Func­tion Cen­tre and the li­brary will all face into this com­mu­nal space, and open­ing up the pools will bring them into the do­main. This has huge po­ten­tial to be­come the equiv­a­lent of the tra­di­tional vil­lage green, a gath­er­ing and event space for all of our com­mu­nity.

“What other small to medium town has such am­ag­nif­i­cent green space right in its heart and we’re now in a po­si­tion to re­ally make the most of it.”

Plun­ket staff are ready for the move, ex­cited about re­turn­ing to the Pav­il­ion once it is in its new home. Clin­i­cal ser­vices man­ager Tracey Arm­strong has of­fered to tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cate the Have­lock North Plun­ket ser­vice to its Hast­ings of­fice while the work is done.

“It is just a tem­po­rary move. We will be back and the new build­ing will be won­der­ful,” says Ms Arm­strong.

NEW LOOK: The Have­lock North Do­main should be up­graded by sum­mer.

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