Work starting on green
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.