The Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents Association is pushing to retain a local reserve for future generations.
The local community and residents of Mission Bay strongly believe that the land on which the former Mission Bay Bowling Club sits is a valuable community asset and should be retained as a community green space.
Situated in the middle of residential Mission Bay, Tagalad Reserve is a large (5000 metre-square) section that was once a popular bowling club, but has been closed to the public for over six years after the club folded. The site is one of those being considered as part of the council’s asset recycling and budget recovery.
Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents Association has been vocal that the site must remain public land and not sold to developers. They are seeking support and input from their wider community towards providing Ōrākei Local Board with clear direction for their advocacy to the Governing Body.
“While the current Ōrākei Local Board is supportive of keeping the site, Auckland Council is seeking divestment opportunities to help manage budget shortfalls, so we as a board and the community need to advocate for Tagalad to remain a public reserve," says Scott Milne, chairperson of the local board.
"We need to present a vision for its future driven by a community dedication towards that end, and we need the community to voice that vision. Together we have a sound case."
More than 800 people have signed the online petition in support of the Tagalad Reserve remaining a green space, community garden and community facility.
A site of endless possibilities
“The options for this site are endless,” says Wanda Mountfort of the Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents Association. “What we really need to be clear on is what the community wants so that we can all support the future vision for this greenspace.”
Mission Bay is one of the many areas across the Auckland isthmus that has been a focus for intense development. The community recognizes that the area will be intensified, so the Residents Association is now supporting the preservation and upgrading of public green spaces and amenities.
A Tagalad Reserve Open Day will form part of the community discussions to refine ideas for the best use of the green space and buildings.
The green space could be transformed into a park and gardens, and the buildings could be redeveloped into a community hub.
“We envisage family barbecues in the park, the elderly enjoying the gardens, rooms for hire, meeting spaces for local clubs, maybe a farmers market,” says Wanda.
“We need to future proof this vision by seeking input and engagement by the wider community. We know the idea is well supported, but we need to bring as many as possible together to support Ōrākei Local Board as it advocates to the Governing Body to keep this land.”
More information on the Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents Association’s drive towards saving Tagalad Reserve can be found on their Facebook page.
All are welcome to attend a public open day at Tagalad Reserve, 6 Nihill Crescent, Mission Bay, Auckland on Saturday 14 May, from 12pm-3pm.