Papakura adopts park concept plan

Publish Date : 07 Sep 2022

The first phase of a new concept plan for the northern section of Ōpaheke Park has been approved.

Papakura Local Board has approved a phased approach requiring the developers to fund the work, meet the requirements for a suburban park regarding access, networks and landscaping, and include a concrete walkway.

Board Chair Brent Catchpole says the work will be delivered as part of the development agreement, under a of $4.3million budget.

“After the open space work, remaining budget can be used for play space and furniture as anticipated in the concept plan, with the assets taken on by Auckland Council.”

The board also approved a move to deliver recreation assets based on a service needs assessment, delegating council managers the authority to negotiate a funding agreement.

“Developers GYP Properties worked closely with the council around open space development at Ōpaheke Park,” Catchpole says.

“The board provided supportive feedback around the concept and implementation when the matter was workshopped, and we expect to provide further direction around play assets.”

Soil was removed from Ōpaheke Park to allow houses to be built on Bellfield Estate. In exchange, the developer agreed to develop the northern section, work that will now be done under a budget that sets the maximum the developer is required to invest at $4.3million.

The new plan is here.

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