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$43.7 million spent purchasing new parks and open space

Published: 14 August 2018

A report presented to Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee today outlines the $43.7 million council spent purchasing new parks and open space for Aucklanders in the previous financial year.

The council spent $29.7 million on 13 new parks and open space areas totalling around 9.5 hectares. An additional $14 million was spent completing the purchase of sports fields at Hobsonville and a progress payment at Monte Cecilia Park.

As well as purchasing new parkland, the council gained six new parks and open space areas at no capital cost to ratepayers. This includes a significant gift from Ngāti Manuhiri of 180 hectares of land at Te Arai South.

Today the Environment and Community Committee agreed to formally recognise the bequest with a formal ceremony to acknowledge the exceptional gift made by Ngāti Manuhiri.

Disposal of land

The council also chose to dispose of a small number of non-service parks and open space areas.

The chairperson of the Environment and Community Committee, Councillor Penny Hulse, stresses that the amount of open space that the council has disposed of is a tiny fraction compared to parks and open space land that has been acquired in the same time period.

“The open space land that the council disposed of in the previous financial year equates to 0.1 per cent of the total land area that we acquired,” says Councillor Hulse.

The council was paid around $1.2 million for land disposed of in 2017/18.

How will new open space be developed?

It is the role of local boards to decide how local parks and open spaces will be developed. They also have responsibility for maintaining new local parks.

Open space acquisitions settled in 2017/18

LOCAL BOARD

LOCATION

TYPE OF OPEN SPACE

SIZE (M2)

CAPITAL COST

Franklin

110 Jack Lachlan, Beachland

Neighbourhood Park

3000

$430,000

Henderson-Massey

40 Trig Road, Whenuapai

Part of Suburb Park

2555

$1,860,000

Hibiscus & Bays

Red Beach Road (Peninsula Golf Course), Red Beach

Neighbourhood Park

8099

$3,910,000

Hibiscus & Bays

Bonair Crescent (Millwater Parkway), Silverdale

Suburb Park 

30,375

$3,300,000

Hibiscus & Bays

Milwater, Arran Point (Precinct 7), Silverdale

Neighbourhood Park

3000

$3,100,000

Hibiscus & Bays

West Hoe Heights & Sunny Heights Road, Orewa

Neighbourhood Park

7015

$2,450,000

Howick

171 Murphys Road (part of), Flat Bush

Sports Park

8255

$6,500,000

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu

545 Oruarangi Road, Mangere

Neighbourhood Park

3000

$1,590,000

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu

545 Oruarangi Road, Mangere

Neighbourhood Park

3000

0

Orakei

5 Ngapipi Road, Orakei

Addition to Ngapipi Cliff Reserve

2327

$1,875,000

Papakura

16 Derbyshire Lane, Hingaia

Neighbourhood Park

3020

$1,500,000

Papakura

31 Airfield Road, Takanini

Neighbourhood Park

2000

$925,000

Papakura

1V Great South Road, Manukau

Four pocket parks3

5879

0

Puketāpapa

72 Hillsborough Road1, Hillsborough

Part of Monte Cecilia Park

-

$782,863

Rodney

105 Oraha Road, Huapai

Neighbourhood park

4564

$1,900,000

Rodney

Te Ari South, Te Arai

Addition to Te Arai Regional Park

1,800,000

0

Upper Harbour

129 Clark Road2, Hobsonville

Sports park

-

$13,300,000

Waitākere Ranges

42 Seaview Road, Piha

Addition to Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

18,767

$340,000

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

1,904,856    

 

$43,762,863

 

1 Part of instalment payments for land acquisition Monte Cecilia Park.

2 Settlement payment made to complete the purchase of sports fields at Hobsonville.

3 Four pocket parks totalling 5879m