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Final plans to be displayed

09 August 2004

Final plans to be displayed for Eden Epsom recreation hub

Final concept plans are about to go on display detailing the enhancements to be made to the popular recreation hub bridging Mt Eden and Epsom.

The recreation precinct comprises Windmill Park, Melville Park and Nicholson Park and also considers areas around the Auckland College of Education, Auckland Normal Intermediate School and Kohia Terrace Primary School.

“There has been enormous interest in these plans because they pull together more than two years of research and consultation with many local sports clubs, local residents and hundreds of park users,” says Recreation and Events Committee chairperson, Councillor Scott Milne.

The project was initiated in 2001 after some clubs already located on North Nicholson park expressed interest in developing a sports facility on the reserve. The city wanted any developments to be considered in the context of the wider recreation area rather than individual projects occurring in isolation.

From Friday 13 August, the final concept plans can be viewed in any of the following ways:

visit the website www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/edenepsom ask for a copy at either the Three Kings or Epsom community library see the display at Melville Park Pavilion, St Andrews Road, Epsom before 31 October.

Some key components of the plans include: Nicholson Park north – upgrade Poronui Street entrance, pave and plant walkway between Poronui and Epsom Avenue, opportunity for bowls and tennis clubs to develop their facilities Nicholson Park south – redevelop former bowling green in women’s bowls area (due to be vacated in May 2005) with sport surfacing, planting and landscaping, refurbish or replace Auckland Tennis building, seating installed to face views to the west, provide access from Disraeli Street to upper park level, retain former soccer clubrooms and arts building, and upgrade Poronui Street playground Windmill Park – retain all netball courts and buildings until the ongoing needs of netball are determined, remove petanque court, progressive replacement of pine trees Melville Park – focus on women’s sport, cricket wickets and croquet club all retained Education facilities – ongoing discussions will continue with the education providers regarding the shared use of fields and facilities.

These developments are all being progressively programmed through the annual planning process over the next five to 10 years. The priorities over the next two years will be the planning and redevelopment of the women’s bowling club area on Nicholson Park, and determining the ongoing needs of netball on Windmill Park.

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