Auckland Council’s five-year milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of Upper Harbour Local Board during this time.
“During the first five years of the new governance model, we have made a concerted effort to identify and fill gaps in the community leisure network,” says Upper Harbour Local Board Chair Lisa Whyte.
“As budgets have allowed, we have responded and built skate parks in Greenhithe and Albany, completing walkway connections in our reserves and parks, and constructed 3-on-3 basketball courts in Pin Oak and Luckens Reserves.
“We have also achieved significant investment in local recreation infrastructure, such as the artificial turf at QBE Stadium. This was achieved by working in partnership with Regional Facilities Auckland using local and regional funding.
"We worked with Softball New Zealand to upgrade the softball facility in Rosedale to assist them in hosting the 2013 Softball World Championships. These investments have ensured our children have access to top-class sports facilities.
“We have also responded to the needs of our communities in upgrading and reshaping many of our local parks. The recently completed works at Bill Moir Reserve in Whenuapai is a great example. They now have new walkways, adult fitness equipment, a new toilet block and an improved playground.
“We are grateful to those who worked enthusiastically to make all of our achievements a reality and we look forward to all the exciting things that will be delivered in the coming years.”
- Albany Stadium Pool – community swimming facilities under construction and opening in summer 2016/2017.
- New youth facilities – installation of two new skate parks and two new 3-on-3 basketball courts.
- Improved local parks – new and improved facilities at Bill Moir Reserve and the Faraway Tree Art project in Sanders Reserve.
- Community facilities – Sunderland Lounge now open for use by the Hobsonville community.
- Improved sports facilities – artificial turf at Albany’s QBE Stadium, and improved boat ramp facilities in Whenuapai.