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Sweeping changes for Muriwai?

Sweeping changes for Muriwai?

With Muriwai being swept into the sea at the rate of 1 – 1.5 metres per year some key decisions about its future management are about to be made.

The ARC will hold an Open Day on Saturday 12 April to reveal concept designs for the future of Muriwai Regional Park.

ARC Parks and Heritage Committee Chairman Bill Burrill says Muriwai Regional Park must be redesigned to make it sustainable into the future. It is one of Auckland’s most popular regional parks with more than 840,000 visits per year but constantly battles chronic erosion.

Cr Burrill says changes at Muriwai will, at the very least, include a relocated carpark and Surf Club.

“We will also be considering the future of the camp ground, the shop, stormwater management and other issues,” Cr Burrill says.

He says designers Boffa Miskell Limited will join ARC representatives at the park on Saturday to give the public their first glimpse of what the future of Muriwai might look like.

“At this stage we’re looking at concepts rather than final designs and this is the Auckland public’s chance to have their say on Muriwai’s future,” Cr Burrill says.

“We want to consult with as many of the region’s public as possible and Saturday is a great chance for people with an interest in the future of Muriwai to come along, meet the designers and have their input.”

Both the redesign and the increased consultation are products of the ARC’s new Regional Parks Management Plan, officially adopted on March 3 this year.

Cr Burrill says while this is the first major project in which the plan has been implemented, the Regional Parks Management Plan provides the framework for the redesign of several other regional parks and it assures public consultation on all major park issues.

The Muriwai Regional Park Open Day runs from 10am to 4pm this Saturday at the Muriwai Fire Station.

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