Help shape the future of Walter Massey Park

Publish Date : 25 Sep 2023
Walter Massey Park Event
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A new masterplan is in the making for Walter Massey Park, and the community of Māngere-Ōtāhuhu is encouraged to have their say by 2 October to help shape its future.

The masterplan for Walter Massey Park will identify long-term improvements to enhance the park’s environment, meet community need and help guide future investment.

It is being created with the full backing of Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board.

Local Board chair Tauanu’u Nick Bakulich says the upgrade is long overdue and is pleased that the masterplan will aid in the development of neighbourhood spaces for tamariki and rangatahi to play safely and build family networks.

“Our parks deserve the best improvements, and we know that they are well used by everyone, so who better to provide valuable input into a masterplan, than our very own people,” he says.

“As a board, we’re very pleased to be able to help reinvigorate Walter Massey Park, which is located next to major thoroughfare and is open to all locals and commuters crossing through the area.”

The local board has allocated a significant amount of funding to the project from its locally-driven initiatives budget.

Located in Māngere East, Walter Massey Park sits on over 16 hectares and is home to multiple sports clubs, Māngere East Library, Māngere East Hall - better known as Metro Theatre - Strive Community Trust, Māngere East Community Centre, and Samoa Atia’e I Magele.

Once finalised, the masterplan will address areas such as cultural heritage, shared walking and cycling path networks, sport, recreation, play opportunities, signage, picnic/BBQ/hang out spaces, provision for youth, planting, parking, drainage, safety and security.

“Our board is committed to the provision of high-quality community facilities that are easily accessible, and well-maintained. This is a great opportunity for our community to connect with us to let us know what they’d like to change or add to the park as part of the final masterplan,” adds Bakulich.

The community are being asked four questions:

  • Whether they use the park?

  • What they do there?

  • What they enjoy about the park?

  • And, what could be changed or added?

Once feedback is assessed, a draft masterplan will be developed and the board will go back to the community again to make sure they’ve got it right.

Have your say

  • You can have your say until 2 October 2023 by filling in a simple online feedback form.

  • Hard copies of the feedback form are also available at the Māngere East Library and Community Centre

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