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Heavy lifting starts on Village Green

The real work is about to start on the redevelopment of Havelock North’s Village Green.

The brand spanking new park is expected to be officially opened by Hastings District Council before summer.

Putting in the foundations for the new home for the cricket pavilion will start this week.

The moving of the historic building to its new spot, where the old kindergarten building was, is planned for two weeks’ time.

To make room for the pavilion, new playground and landscaping, 20 of the park’s 69 trees will be removed next week, however Council will be replanting 68 new specimens towards the end of the project.

“That more than makes up for the trees that have to come out,” said a council spokesperson.

The plan for the park was approved by the community through a consultation process last year.

The trees coming out include six conifers along the Te Mata Rd side of the park.

All but one of the tenders for the project have been awarded, and it is expected that the whole revamp will be completed by the December deadline and within the $1.5 million budget.

The moving of the 80-year-old cricket pavilion and associated remodelling in and around it were not in the original plan, however the community asked that it be included and agreed to help pay for that part of the project. The fundraising effort is being spearheaded by the Havelock North Business Association.

The “once in a generation” revamp of the park includes building a new playground with a children’s water play area, sun shades, a revamped skate area designed for small children, paths, and new seating and tables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 October 2017

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