Henderson-Massey Local Board has approved the concept for a new playground and open space development at Kopupaka Reserve in Westgate.
It will see $6 million invested to develop the area, including a playground, kick-a-ball space, flying fox, ecological education area and development of the surrounding stream and embankments.
One of the best
Henderson-Massey Local Board Chair Shane Henderson says that when completed, the park will be one of the best in Auckland.
“Our ongoing commitment to our community is that we want parks and open space of the highest quality.
“We know that with the expected growth in the Westgate area there is a real need for quality, easily accessible open space for communities to share and enjoy.
“This is one of the essential elements of forward planning and providing for the community, so we are delighted to have reached this point with such an involved, thoughtful design.
“The design reflects the history of the area as a strawberry field, and will also have something to offer for all ages, from the play areas for younger and older children through to the adult exercise equipment, and space for families and friends to spend time together with picnic and barbecue areas.
“I have no doubt that when complete this area will be up there with the very best that Auckland has to offer, and will be loved and cherished by generations to come.”
The concept was developed in conjunction with the community, following public consultation in November, workshops with primary and intermediate aged children as well as engagement with mana whenua.
The next steps for the project will see a detailed design developed and resource consent application lodged, with construction expected to begin in October 2019.