New-look village green
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.