Take part in renewing Kimpton Park playground

Publish Date : 24 May 2024
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We’ve heard the call from our community, and we are listening – Kimpton Park playground is up for renewal and a much-needed do-over, and locals are now encouraged to have their say on plans for the space.

Tucked away in a secluded part of Kimpton Road, the existing playground is in poor condition and needs replacing, with no connecting pathways and limited seating.

Ōtara-Papatoetoe local board chair Apulu Reece Autagavaia, would like to acknowledge the residents who advocated to have Kimpton Park looked at and the local board is responding.

“Hearing from our residents is important to the board, and their advocacy has led to the playground receiving the attention it requires. Our people have made it clear that they want convenient access to high-quality playspaces and facilities for their families, without the need to travel long distances.

“To provide context, in a short period of time, we've already produced several exceptional play environments including Hayman Park, Hillside South, Othello Park, Ngāti Ōtara Park, Aorere Park, Pearl Baker Reserve, with public consultation for improvements of Waenganui/Allenby Park also in Papatoetoe recently wrapped up.”

Feedback will be used to assess the park to find out how the Parks and Facilities team can upgrade Kimpton Park to meet the community's needs, with the goal to create a safe and engaging recreational space to be enjoyed.

Apulu adds, “This type of collaboration is vital in determining the design to improve these playspaces, as we aim to enhance recreational areas based on community input. This will allow the board to prioritise and assign funding to develop the park over time.”

What will be renewed?

  • Changing the location of the playground

  • inclusion of new play equipment

  • adding more play options for different age groups and abilities

  • providing an informal gathering place.

“There are three terrific options to choose from and we need to know which one is the most preferred, as well as how you use the park and what informal recreation and play facilities you would like to see in the future, for whānau (family) and rangatahi (young people).

“By participating in the process, you can take pride in knowing that your input was valued, and you can look forward to enjoying the improvements for years to come,” comments Apulu.

Local map of Kimpton Map renovation.

Have your say your way

Consultation closes Tuesday 11 June 2024.

Next Steps

Your feedback will help to inform the design and other park facilities. The plan is to start construction in 2025.

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