Funds for fun to the fore in Franklin

Publish Date : 10 Jul 2024
FLB Parks

More parks and open spaces are a feature of Franklin Local Board’s recently adopted Customer and Community Services work programme.

The programme includes $5million to develop a new sports park at Papahua (Belmont), $1.8million for a new neighbourhood park at Trevor McMiken Drive, and a combined $1.6million for a similar park at Ray Faussett Reserve - $624,079 for the first stage and more than $1million for the second.

“Then there is another $542,968 for open space assets at Kahawairahi Drive Reserve in Beachlands” Franklin Local Board chair Angela Fulljames says.

“There can never by enough green spaces for our communities. Open spaces are vital to residents, so seeing new facilities in the budget is more than welcome.
“The people in the rapidly growing Belmont area will be pleased to know that their long-sought playing fields are a step closer.”

Much of the work is being funded via Auckland Council’s Slips Prevention, Local Parks and Sports Field Development budgets.

Budget lines include more than $5million for seismic strengthening work at the Waiuku War Memorial Town Hall.

Other assets in line for work include Lady Jane Franklin Botanical Reserve in Waiuku - $200,000 to remediate storm damage, $160,000 to fix a slip at Waiuku Botanical Reserve, $339,967 for a retaining wall at Maraetai Beach Boating Club, and more than $500,000 for stormwater upgrades at Orere Point.  

The Customer and Community Services work programme supports the delivery of the outcomes in the 2023 Franklin Local Board Plan. 

It includes projects proposed to be funded from regional budgets subject to approval by the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee, including the Slips Prevention, Local Parks and Sports Field Development budgets (growth budgets).

The work programme is here.

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