A promise delivered – Costley Reserve playground renewal gets the green light

September 10, 2013 by  
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Last night on the final agenda of the Waitemata Local Board, the Costley Reserve playground renewal was approved in the 2013/14 local improvement budget. It has been a year and half long process but I am thrilled that this project that residents championed has come to fruition.

A public meeting was held at Costley Reserve on Sunday 7 April 2013 where Council staff and local board members were able to discuss the proposals with residents. It is estimated that approximately 100 people attended.  A total of 34 completed survey forms were received (two online and the reminder as paper copies) along with one incomplete paper form and one joint submission from seven neighbouring properties.

Based on the feedback from residents the design is “getting back to basics” with the renewal of playground and enhancing the entrances to the park:

  • Improvements to the alignment, grade and equipment of the existing play space at Costley Reserve to improve access, reduce maintenance problems associated with shade/leaf fall and increase play experience.
  • Improvements to the entrance ways and path realignment at Costley Reserve.
  • Appropriate crown lifting of certain trees and selected removal of vegetation to improve lines of site, following CPTED best practice guidelines. A number of respondents commented on the dense vegetation reducing site lines and making the reserve feel unsafe.
  • Upgrade the retaining wall at Renall Reserve, already identified as a Condition 4 asset, to create improved access points, and relocation of existing benches to provide improved outlook and views across the city.

Previous blogs

4 April 2013 – New plans for Costley Reserve, Freemans Bay

27 March 2012 – Costley Park review

 

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