Papakura Local Board has agreed to a concept plan that will see the northern part of Papakura's Opaheke Park transformed for the whole community to enjoy.
Opaheke Park is on Opaheke Road. The development is a great opportunity to create a quality open space for sport and recreation for the whole Papakura community.
As well as stormwater works in the northern part of the park to alleviate flooding, the concept provides for a diverse range of activities.
The plan's components
Recreation facilities, including:
- play equipment such as a flying fox and climbing wall
- fitness equipment
- open grassland areas for recreation and socialising.
Pathways and park access, including:
- connections between the residential development and Opaheke Park
- pathway network including a shared pathway for cyclists and pedestrians around the park perimeter
- provision for future parking areas.
Pony club relocation
The local board's decision at its August meeting follows a period of community consultation on the concept plan, which attracted more than 270 submissions.
The board also decided that the Papakura Pony Club, which is currently located on the park, will need to leave the site by 31 December 2016.
The council’s parks team and the board will work with the pony club to help with the transition of moving from the park and looking for alternative locations.
It is hoped development of the park will start in 2017.