Work start­ing on green

Havelock North Village Press - - Front Page -

The real work is start­ing on the rede­vel­op­ment of Have­lock North’s Vil­lage Green, and the new park is ex­pected to be of­fi­cially opened by Hast­ings District Coun­cil be­fore sum­mer.

Putting in the foun­da­tions for the new home for the cricket pavil­ion be­gan last week, with mov­ing of the his­toric build­ing to its new spot— where the old kinder­garten build­ing was— planned for the end of Au­gust.

To make room for the pavil­ion, new play­ground and land­scap­ing, 20 of the park’s 69 trees are be­ing re­moved, how­ever coun­cil will be re­plant­ing 68 new spec­i­mens to­wards the end of the project.

“That more than makes up for the trees that have to come out,” said a coun­cil spokesper­son.

The plan for the park was ap­proved by the com­mu­nity through a con­sul­ta­tion process last year.

The trees com­ing out in­clude six conifers along the Te Mata Rd side of the park.

All but one of the ten­ders for the project have been awarded, and it is ex­pected that the whole re­vamp will be com­pleted by the De­cem­ber dead­line and within the $1.5 mil­lion bud­get.

The mov­ing of the 80-year-old cricket pavil­ion and as­so­ci­ated re­mod­elling in and around it were not in the orig­i­nal plan, how­ever the com­mu­nity asked that it be in­cluded and agreed to help pay for that part of the project. The fundrais­ing ef­fort is spear­headed by the Have­lock North Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion.

The “once in a gen­er­a­tion” re­vamp of 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.

HEAVY WORK: Work is un­der­way on pulling up the foun­da­tions of the old cricket pavil­ion in the Have­lock North Do­main.

THE PLAN: The project is on track to get the Have­lock North Vil­lage Green re­vamp com­pleted by sum­mer.

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