Plunket rooms are go . . .
Work on a $1.5 million upgrade of the Havelock North Domain has started, with removal of the old Plunket Rooms last week.
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.
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.
Mr Bradshaw says the project will draw a number of public buildings together to form a cultural core for Havelock North. The historic cricket pavilion is also to be moved but will stay within the domain.
“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, he said.
“What other small tomedium 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 have moved to the Hastings office and are excited about returning to the pavilion in its new home.
“It is just a temporarymove. We will be back and the new buildingwill bewonderful,” says clinical services manager Tracey Armstrong.
ON THE MOVE: Havelock North Plunket Rooms, on the way to a new site, making way for development of the Village Green.