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$43.7 million spent purchasing new parks and open space

A report presented to Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee today outlines the $43.7 million council spent purchasing new parks and open space for Aucklanders in the previous financial year.

The council spent $29.7 million on 13 new parks and open space areas totalling around 9.5 hectares. An additional $14 million was spent completing the purchase of sports fields at Hobsonville and a progress payment at Monte Cecilia Park.

As well as purchasing new parkland, the council gained six new parks and open space areas at no capital cost to ratepayers. This includes a significant gift from Ngāti Manuhiri of 180 hectares of land at Te Arai South.

Today the Environment and Community Committee agreed to formally recognise the bequest with a formal ceremony to acknowledge the exceptional gift made by Ngāti Manuhiri.

Disposal of land

The council also chose to dispose of a small number of non-service parks and open space areas.

The chairperson of the Environment and Community Committee, Councillor Penny Hulse, stresses that the amount of open space that the council has disposed of is a tiny fraction compared to parks and open space land that has been acquired in the same time period.

“The open space land that the council disposed of in the previous financial year equates to 0.1 per cent of the total land area that we acquired,” says Councillor Hulse.

The council was paid around $1.2 million for land disposed of in 2017/18.

How will new open space be developed?

It is the role of local boards to decide how local parks and open spaces will be developed. They also have responsibility for maintaining new local parks.

Open space acquisitions settled in 2017/18

LOCAL BOARDLOCATIONTYPE OF OPEN SPACESIZE (M2)CAPITAL COST
Franklin110 Jack Lachlan, BeachlandNeighbourhood Park3000$430,000
Henderson-Massey40 Trig Road, WhenuapaiPart of Suburb Park2555$1,860,000
Hibiscus & BaysRed Beach Road (Peninsula Golf Course), Red BeachNeighbourhood Park8099$3,910,000
Hibiscus & BaysBonair Crescent (Millwater Parkway), SilverdaleSuburb Park 30,375$3,300,000
Hibiscus & BaysMilwater, Arran Point (Precinct 7), SilverdaleNeighbourhood Park3000$3,100,000
Hibiscus & BaysWest Hoe Heights & Sunny Heights Road, OrewaNeighbourhood Park7015$2,450,000
Howick171 Murphys Road (part of), Flat BushSports Park8255$6,500,000
Māngere-Ōtāhuhu545 Oruarangi Road, MangereNeighbourhood Park3000$1,590,000
Māngere-Ōtāhuhu545 Oruarangi Road, MangereNeighbourhood Park30000
Orakei5 Ngapipi Road, OrakeiAddition to Ngapipi Cliff Reserve2327$1,875,000
Papakura16 Derbyshire Lane, HingaiaNeighbourhood Park3020$1,500,000
Papakura31 Airfield Road, TakaniniNeighbourhood Park2000$925,000
Papakura1V Great South Road, ManukauFour pocket parks[3]58790
Puketāpapa72 Hillsborough Road[1], HillsboroughPart of Monte Cecilia Park-$782,863
Rodney105 Oraha Road, HuapaiNeighbourhood park4564$1,900,000
RodneyTe Ari South, Te AraiAddition to Te Arai Regional Park1,800,0000
Upper Harbour129 Clark Road[2],HobsonvilleSports park-$13,300,000
Waitākere Ranges42 Seaview Road, PihaAddition to Waitakere Ranges Regional Park18,767$340,000

TOTAL

1,904,856

$43,762,863


1 Part of instalment payments for land acquisition Monte Cecilia Park.

2 Settlement payment made to complete the purchase of sports fields at Hobsonville.

3 Four pocket parks totalling 5879m2


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