"The Selwyn Reserve Playground will be tidied up and the equipment made safe for use this summer, with a playground re-build planned to proceed over winter next year. The Orakei Local Board looks forward to seeing an imaginative playground built based around the creative concept drawings, with elements that reflect the iconic location." - Sarah Powrie - Deputy Chairperson, Orakei Local Board
The images provided are indicative at this early stage but, along with the OLB, we are hopeful that budgetary constraints will allow this upgrade to progress over the coming year.
The Orakei Local Board has been working on their plan to cover the activities they will pursue over the next 3 years. This has obviously been complicated by the Covid crisis which has meant that the Council and Local Boards have less money to spend, but they have produced a draft document that they feel sets the right priorities, striking a balance between all the competing demands.
That's what they think, but they are keen to find out what you think and whether they need to make any changes! You have only until Thursday 13 August to get your feedback in, so please take a look at their plan and offer any comments you may have.
You can view the plan here, and offer any feedback you may have here.
Our view is that the OLB has done a good job overall. We do, however, want to emphasise one project in particular. The old Mission Bay Bowling Club land (Tagalad Reserve) had been given to Panuku for sale. We strongly object to selling land that would make an ideal park, just when the Council is planning to intensify Mission Bay. We will have a lot more people living in this area, with most of the new residents living in apartments with little access to outdoor space, and we believe that we need more green space to support this influx. The OLB has included the retention of this land as a priority, with one of their initiatives (on page 20) being:
Retain valued open space to enhance local residents’ physical health
and mental wellbeing. This includes working to resume governance
over Merton Reserve and Tagalad Reserve
It would really help the OLB in pursuing this initiative if they could demonstrate strong local support for retaining this land as a community resource. One way to demonstrate such support would be for you to make submissions specifically mentioning this initiative as a priority, so if you would like to do something to help retain this reserve, please make a submission. All you have to do is write something in Question 11 (Do you have any other feedback?) about strongly supporting the retention of the Tagalad Reserve land as a community resource.