Over the past six months the Kāpiti Coast District Council has heard from around 1500 members of our community about their Maclean Park story – their memories, how they use the park and what people hope to see in the future. Using the ideas and stories shared with the Council, three different concepts have been developed for Maclean Park which combine a range of possibilities for long-term future development.
Parks and Recreation Manager Alison Law says this is the time for people to have their say.
“This is the fun part where everyone gets to look at what we’ve come up with and let us know which concepts they really like, and which they don’t think should make the final cut. From this we’ll try to balance the community’s wants and needs with what’s achievable long-term,” she says.
“Each concept has a different focus and there are a wide range of possibilities proposed, so there should be something for everyone.”
Ms Law says the Maclean Park development plan wasn’t identified in the FutureKāpiti Long Term Plan 2015-35 so budget would need to be allocated to any recommendations that come out of the review process.
“The focus of this stage is to test what our community wants Maclean Park to be in the future. Based on the costs of putting similar facilities in other park developments around the country we estimate that costs could be anywhere from $4-20 million, yet we haven’t fully investigated how much it would cost to implement these concepts at the Maclean Park site. Any investment could be spread across a period of around 10-20 years, but we’ll have a clearer view on this once we know what our community wants for this park and its future.”
Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board Chair Jonny Best sees this as a chance to enhance the character of Maclean Park.
“Community, stakeholders and iwi have been really involved in this process so far, so their views are at the heart of these concepts,” he says.
“The aim is to sustain and enhance the character and mana of Maclean Park and make it a park the District can be proud of. This will help shape the future of the park over the next 20 years, so your input now can help prioritise development based on what our community wants.”
The Maclean Park development plan wasn’t identified in the FutureKāpiti Long Term Plan 2015-35 which means that budget will need to be allocated to any recommendations that come out of this review process.
Information about the three long-term development concepts, and the feedback survey can be found at www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/maclean-park-refresh.
Copies of the survey are also available at the Paraparaumu Library and the Council’s Rimu Road Service Centre. People have until 25 May to give their feedback, which the Council will use to pull together one draft development plan that will be incorporated into a draft reviewed Management Plan for the park. The Council will be carrying out formal consultation on the draft Management Plan later this year.
28 April 2017