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Creating parks that are accessible and inclusive

Published: 27 March 2018

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How Puketāpapa is creating parks that are accessible and inclusive

Puketāpapa Local Board is working with Be. Accessible to understand best practice and improve the accessibility of six parks in the local board area. 

"We felt that there was potentially more we could do for those with accessibility needs in Puketāpapa who might want to enjoy our parks," says Puketāpapa Local Board Chair Harry Doig.

"To do that, we should be assessing our parks and talking with members of our community with accessibility needs.

"Be. Accessible is doing this assessment for us, which will guide us in improving accessibility where possible either now and in the future."

Puketāpapa is lucky to have a large network of more than 100 parks and civic spaces.

"With a growing population, our parks are becoming more and more important to the local community, including people with accessibility needs," says Thomas Dixon, Parks & Places Specialist.

"This project aims to identify what the community sees as barriers to physical access within key parks in the Puketāpapa Local Board area, and how best to design and develop these parks to improve access."

Give your feedback

Be. Accessible wants feedback from you if you live in the Puketāpapa Local Board area and

  • have a physical or cognitive impairment
  • are a parent with young children
  • are a caregiver
  • speak English as a second language
  • are aged 65 and over.

Online survey

Take this three-minute survey so we can find out how you would like to see parks improved in the Puketāpapa Local Board area.  

Attend a consultation session

Sessions are facilitated by Be. Coach Julianne McEldowney to discuss any issues and opportunities for greater accessibility. 

Where: Monte Cecilia Park 
When:
Thursday 29 March
Time: 10am-11.30am

If you would like to attend, please contact Lauren Wetini by email: laurenw@beaccessible.org.nz or phone: 09 309 8966

If you have any access needs Be. Accessible can assist with or require a NZ Sign Language Interpreter, please let Lauren know.