Ponsonby Park – November Update

“I imagine a space... vibrant, urban, all-weather and accessible to everyone. Locals and visitors will know it’s here.

So said Chris Bailey, Chair of the Community-led Design (CLD) volunteer group in November 2016, about our vision for the development of the whole site, civic open space at 254 Ponsonby Road – aka Ponsonby Park.

The CLD process initiated by the Waitemat-a Local Board (WLB), advanced and actioned the concept of empowering the community to drive the development of the civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road.

Throughout the process, the community consistently told us what they wanted and needed from the new civic space.

We are nearing the start of work on-site to develop Ponsonby Park and the business case is well underway. As with all design projects, there will be decisions that need to be made as the process progresses. When necessary, these decisions will be taken back to you, the community, for consideration and feedback. We will try to do this through online options due to the time constraints of the decision-making process. (We will most likely only have a week to do each necessary consultation). We will keep giving the option for additional comments in our consultation process in order to capture all feedback. And we will keep referring back to the above desideratum to guide the decision-making process.

So keep a lookout for consultation announcements via:
• our Facebook pages, Ponsonby Park and 254 Ponsonbyrd
• our website 254ponsonbyrd.org.nz
• notification on our Ponsonby Park noticeboard, that is on-site next
to Dizengoff cafe by the bus stop
• the Neighbourly.co.nz noticeboard
• plus we will send out an email notification to all of those already
on our extensive digital database

It is the intention of our CLD group to keep the community involved and their voices heard throughout the process of realising
Ponsonby Park.

And while we are here, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all elected members of the WLB, both returning and new. We look forward to continuing our productive and supportive relationship with you all as Ponsonby Park is brought to fruition.

Our congratulations also to Pippa Coom, our new Waitemat-a Ward Councillor. Thank you for all of your work to date and we look forward to continuing our close relationship with you as we near the start-of-work date of July 2020.

Finally, to outgoing Waitemat-a Ward Councillor Mike Lee, our thanks for all your support and involvement with Ponsonby Park over the past six years. Ponsonby Park – it’s happening, with only eight months to go before work is scheduled to begin on site. Exciting! (JENNIFER WARD)

For more information, follow or contact us on Facebook: ‘Ponsonby Park’ or on our website: www.254ponsonbyrd.org.nz

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