Greytown Open Space and Wheels Park

UPDATE: 17 August 2022

Following a public engagement period in May, the Council has approved the initial design and the project has gone out for tender. Council is currently weighing up the contractors’ responses. Construction will be subject to the same issues facing the wider construction sector, such as the availability of supplies. This project has seed funding from Council but commmunity fundraising will be needed to complete the full design as proposed.

30 May 2022

Background

With the continued growth of Greytown, and the inability to extend the existing park on Kuratawhiti Street, there is a desire to create a new integrated open space facility at 2-4 Pierce Street so all ages can play. The proposed park will be designed with sustainable building practices in mind to reduce its overall construction footprint.

Please see the concept design document here.

Aerial view of the park’s proposed location in Pierce St, Greytown
See the consultation document for a close up of the plan

Due to its proximity to the other towns in South Wairarapa, the park is expected to be enjoyed by all in the district, making it important that everyone’s feedback is considered in the final design of the proposed park.

The project is part-funded by Council to the value of $1M with the balance to be raised by the community. The project is expected to cost around $3M to construct.

During the 2021-31 Long Term Plan consultation, the community identified the following needs:

  1. Skatepark and Wheeled Play Area incorporating some ‘learn to ride’ elements.
  2. Integrated skate elements throughout park, such as skateable terraces
  3. Pump Track environment
  4. Playground
  5. Basketball Half Court
  6. Carpark integrated into Cotter Street with street calming features. Rework lane setout to navigate cars away from continuing down Cotter Street
  7. Improved pedestrian entry and connection between the new Greytown Park and the Woodside Trail Entry
  8. Circulation from Pierce Street through to the Woodside Trail Entry
  9. Central Hub tying environments and circulation together
  10. Public toilet facilities
  11. Shelters and shade sails
  12. Seating, bike racks, rubbish bins and other site furnishings
  13. Accessible water fountains and BBQs
  14. Water and power connection with service for temporary, small service space. Designated space for temporary small service/ café shop
  15. Landscaped gardens and green space. Could include community planting initiatives, fruiting specimens, etc. Shade trees
  16. Lighting and CCTV Cameras (Refer to Specifications for International Dark Sky Reserve)

Based on this feedback, a concept drawing was shared with Greytown residents and following considerable feedback, the design was further refined to what you see today.

What happens next?

Public engagement ran from 19 April to 2 May 2022. Following this feedback from the wider district, the design entered the final design phase and the tendering process is now underway.

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