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Feedback on Hagley Park, Botanic Garden Sought

Council seeks feedback on Hagley Park and Botanic Gardens proposals

Making Riccarton Avenue a people-friendly park road and creating more car parks are just some of the 56 proposals for discussion in the new draft Hagley Park/Botanic Gardens Master Plan.

Community consultation on three draft plans for two Christchurch icons, Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens, begins on August 21.

The draft master plan, which includes 56 projects, provides a long-term direction for these spaces. Some projects have already been approved and others have not yet been identified in Council work programmes.

The draft Christchurch Botanic Gardens Management Plan includes the choice of three locations for a new visitor centre and staff facilities for which the Council has allocated $11.1 million. Other proposals are for a new children’s garden and a Gondwana Garden, as well as a major revitalisation of the Gardens’ collections.

Botanical Services Operations Team Manager Jeremy Hawker says the plans are exciting and provide an opportunity for the Botanic Gardens to become a national leader.

“We want to enhance research, offer educational opportunities and expand the collections to make them available to the public,’’ Mr Hawker says. “With the 150th anniversary of the Gardens coming up, we want to protect and enhance the wonderful things we do have and provide exciting new spaces for the million or so visitors coming here each year.’’

The draft Hagley Park Management Plan addresses issues such as the formalisation of leases by sports clubs and the replacement of aging trees.

Mayor Garry Moore encourages anyone with an interest to take part in the consultation process.

“When our forebears arrived, they planned Hagley Park as a fundamental part of the mix,’’ he says. “Now is our chance to have a say about what we have got right and what we could improve.

“It’s no use people moaning afterwards and criticising what we do if they’ve not chosen to take part in this process.’’

The draft plans reflect views made by the public during a previous round of consultation in 2004. They also align with the community outcomes identified in the Long Term Council Community Plan and the goals and objectives of the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy and the draft Open Space Strategy.

Public meetings to explain more about the draft plans and offer people an opportunity to ask questions will be held on Monday 28 August, 12.15pm to 1.45pm and Thursday, 31 August, 7.30pm to 9pm at the Christchurch Netball Centre in South Hagley Park.

Plans and submission forms will be available from Christchurch City Libraries, Council service centres and the Civic Offices in Tuam Street. People can also provide feedback through the Council’s website www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay

Submissions must be in by 25 October. Once they have been analysed and reserves hearings held, the plans will be revised and submitted to a Council meeting for discussion and final approval.


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