Tamahere locals are being canvassed for their views on the number and kind of sport and recreation facilities they want at the stalled, central Tamahere recreation reserve.
The reserve, bounded by the Tamahere School and community centre grounds, Wiremu Tamihana Drive and Airport Rd, has seen very little progress in the past year.
Now the Waikato District Council has proposed two options, one with facilities that will come at no extra cost, and one with more facilities that would require a small, annual charge on rates.
The basic, no-further-cost option includes a basic playground, skatepark, standard connecting footpaths, planting and park furniture.
The enhanced option, which would need funding of an estimated $38 a year on rates, would have a better and bigger playground, a more exciting skatepark, a fitness trail looping the reserve, a basketball half-court, staging and lighting in the piazza area and higher specification walkways and park furniture.
The Tamahere Community Committee supports the enhanced option, as does Tamahere Ward Councillor Aksel Bech.
Initial community consultation during the design stage also indicated that locals wanted more than basic facilities.
Follow up consultation is now underway with letters detailing the options going to ratepayers from today.
Information, including concept plans, can also be found here online.
Ratepayers have until August 25 to indicate which option they prefer.
Waikato District Council Manager Programme Delivery Jacki Remihana said it was important that the wider Tamahere community made their views known to the council.
“The response of Tamahere Ward ratepayers will give council direction concerning the standard of facilities to be included in the Tamahere Recreation Reserve and Piazza,” she said.
If Tamahere ratepayers indicated they wished to fund the high-quality package of facilities, the council would then work with the community committee to establish a detailed plan of what this would look like.
Ground work started at the reserve in January 2016 and so far preparatory earthworks and drainage for the sports fields has been completed with the main stormwater pond now in and fenced.
The community committee also recently planted trees along one of the reserve’s boundaries, and grass has been sown on the sports fields.
For more information and to provide feedback on the proposal click here.
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