skip to main content

I want to...

Current filter:

Rubbish & Recycling Rubbish & Recycling

Facilities

Lots of ideas shared at Eskdale Park community meeting

eskdale park

A public meeting to discuss the future of Eskdale Park last night provided a lot of feedback that will be included in the planning process in the months ahead.

Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said it was fantastic to see so many of the Eskdale community at the meeting, including members of the Clark and Yule families that three generations ago gifted the land to the community to be used for recreational enjoyment.

“About 150 people filled the Hukarere College Hall, both local residents and those from the wider community, who came with lots of passionate ideas.

“We heard their thoughts on what they would like to see happen at the park and by the end of the night hundreds of notes were gathered with a wide range of ideas.”

These included anything from the desire for new toilets to new playground equipment, new park furniture, more tree planting and improved access, or for no changes at all to be made.

The potential for there to be a mountain bike base there was also discussed, as was the suggestion of a bridge over the Esk Valley, and there was a general consensus that people did not want to see the area opened up to freedom camping.

Local hapu raised concerns over the need to consider the cultural value of the river and sacred sites in the Pan Pac forest and these will be taken into consideration over the next few months.

Council public spaces and building assets manager Colin Hosford said the next steps would involve collating all the information from the night along with that received on the myvoicemychoice.co.nz website and other submissions.

“This will give us a clear idea of the key issues and these will then be put in front of a working group that is going to be formed from people who were at the meeting and wanted to be a part of it.”

From there a plan will be formulated and taken to the wider community before going to Hastings District Council for consideration.

“It was stressed at the meeting that this is the beginning of the consultation. The level of interest tells us this is a caring, connected community who want to be part of a participatory planning process, which is standard practice for all parks planning.”

Consultation on Eskdale Park is still open at www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz until 5pm, October 18, or people can email customerservice@hdc.govt.nz with Eskdale Park Feedback in the subject line.

25 September 2020

Back to News

Loading...

Hastings District Council - Copyright © 2021 Hastings District Council

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hastings District Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hastings District Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hastings District Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© Hastings District Council - / +64 6 871 5000 / customerservice@hdc.govt.nz