A concept plan for redeveloping Pukekohe’s Roulston Park has been approved.
Franklin Local Board approved the plan but said any detailed design must deliver a clear identity for the park, referencing Māori and local heritage.
Chair Andy Baker says the Board made it clear a design team should engage with local history specialists, including mana whenua and the Franklin Historic Society.
“We have also made it clear that while trees should be retained, the design team should take a pragmatic approach if that would mean other priorities suffered.
“Access is another area we are particularly invested in, because there are challenges for users in even getting to the site because of the busy roads. We don’t want to find out there’s no drop-off zone so families still can’t use the park.”
Upgrades are being delivered by Eke Panuku as part of its Unlock Pukekohe programme, which calls for improved public spaces.
In December a review of an earlier concept for Roulston Park and the Skate Park began, including community, local board and stakeholder engagement, and Eke Panuku says it has been working with Auckland Transport to provide access solutions.
The original plan was to upgrade both parks at the same time but after consultation a decision to further investigate health and safety issues at the skate park was reached, with that design work now on hold.
The Roulston Park concept design is here.
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