The Howick Local Board has released proposals to transform the former Greenmount Landfill site at East Tamaki into a native forest alongside leisure areas, children’s play and fitness facilities, an off-leash dog area, walking and cycling tracks and access to the summit.
The 54ha site, on the corner of Harris and Smales Roads in East Tamaki, was used as a landfill by Envirowaste Services Limited (ESL) up until 2005 and since 2006 has been undergoing managed fill operations to restore its original landform.
Local Board Chair David Collings says the board is welcoming feedback on initial plans which will guide a substantial and exciting new green space for local businesses and residents.
“We’ve made a significant push for progress on this transformation and it’s great to see this long-held vision coming to life in these plans. We now have a masterplan including a fantastic mix of open natural spaces and ponds with built play, fitness and recreation facilities,” says Mr Collings.
A recreation space all can enjoy
“Of course the design of the site needs to suit unique constraints given its previous use as a landfill. But we’re confident the final result will be a monitored, safe and secure recreation and relaxation space the public will really enjoy.”
Mr Collings says the timeframe is subject to ongoing development of the plans and funding, but it’s envisaged the park will open in stages, from 2018.
The initial park plans include:
• Public open space with adequate public parking
• Walking and cycling tracks, informal active recreation and play areas, passive areas and off-leash dog exercise area
• Creating a habitat for native flora and fauna
• Mixture of grass and meadow planting
• Park landscape that identifies and celebrates natural and cultural heritage
• Interpretive signage and way-finding features; and
• Opportunities for sculpture and artwork.