In May many people gave feedback on the Henderson-Ōpanuku Link project.
More than 75 locals shared their thoughts on the plans.
Here is some of the feedback:
- 72 per cent of respondents said they lived in walking or cycling distance to Ōpanuku Reserve.
- 45 per cent wanted family activities and a number of people wanted natural barriers created to protect children from the road and stream.
- 64 per cent of children said their favourite activity was the swing, second was "unstructured play".
- 73 per cent supported having barbecue facilities, the introduction of fitness stations and removal of one of the car park spaces to increase the recreational area.
People also stressed the need for:
- good lighting
- great paths
- additional planting along the stream's edge.
It was also thought there should be something to entertain children that was different from the Tui Glenn playground.
Use of te reo Māori
The Henderson team is committed to making this consultation bilingual and the use of te reo Māori created a significant boost in Māori engagement with the project.
Engagement events at the West City Mall had some people join in due to the use of Māori on our signs.
What happens next
In the next step, Panuku will enter into a partnership with a mana whenua artist to complete the design for a playground to be based on the theme of papa tākaro whānau (family play).
The next phase will include a playground design workshop with local mataawaka co-design experts and rangatahi.
Online engagement showed local children had a preference for swinging or hanging playground equipment. This idea and other feedback will be tested further.
We hope to share the final designs with you later this year and begin work on the park in early 2019.