The design for an $805,000 neighbourhood park to be built in Ōrewa next year has got the thumbs up from locals and the local board.
The project has been in the pipeline for some time with land set aside in Harvest Avenue over five years ago so that families living in the area could easily walk to a park.
Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Chair Gary Brown is pleased that local feedback at each stage of the project has improved the design.
“Adults and children gave feedback at an open day held in May as well as online.
“This final round of feedback has helped with the park’s layout, play equipment and colour theme.
“Children chose the play equipment while adults picked the natural theme and the positions of the seats and shaded areas.
“Neighbours’ feedback has also been included, and the play equipment will be positioned below property sightlines.
“Not all wishes could be fitted into the design as neither a basketball court nor a pump track are suitable for a neighbourhood park.
“However, the new park will be a fantastic amenity for local families and the board is very pleased to approve its design.”
The playground is designed for those up to 13 years, comes complete with a dry pebbly stream bed that has several crossing points for exploratory play, and other features include:
seesaw rocker, carousel and toddler swings
junior climbing module with nets, a slide and a sand play deck
high swings and a basket swing for all abilities
challenging net climbing module with treehouse deck and slide
climbing net spinner with accessible base
wheelchair accessible trampoline
musical bridge and talk tubes
nature play trail with balance beams, logs and steppers
picnic tables (accessible) and bench seats
specimen and fruit trees
timber fence near the road which blends to a post-and-rope fence at the planted area.
Construction on the project is expected to start in March and take six months but that does depend on the resource consent and tender processes.
View the concept design in the agenda report at https://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Open/2023/08/20230822_HB_AGN_11186_WEB.htm (Item 13).
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