Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is at 254 Ponsonby Road at the moment?

Currently, the site is leased to Lion Breweries who operate the Liquor King store. 

2. What is the history of the site?

The original purchase was made for Queen Victoria in 1841. Ponsonby was known as ‘Dedwood’ by Europeans, until 1870 and became known as ‘Ponsonby’ from 1873.

In 1886 the building of a new Catholic church named Sacred Heart was begun on the site at 254 Ponsonby Road and completed in 1887.

In 2006, the Auckland City Council purchased the site for civic open space. 

3. What is the timeline for the development?

The detailed scoping work of the design and budget will commence in late June 2019. It is anticipated that work will start on-site for Stage 1 of the development by July 2020.

4. Who is involved?

The Auckland Council owns the land.

The Waitemata Local Board initiated the project.

A public submission process produced a clear preference for a whole site civic open space and this was UNANIMOUSLY supported by Council in December 2018.

Local community and business groups, and people from the community have all participated, via a Community-led Design process, and have chosen the LandLAB Park+ concept design for the whole site civic open space – aka Ponsonby Park.

The Waitemata Local Board advocated for funding for the development of the whole site civic open space – aka Ponsonby Park – by selecting the project as their ‘One Local Initiative’.

Funding for Stage 1 has been identified in the ‘Long Term Plan’ and funding for Stage 2 may come from a variety of sources.

5. What is ‘Community-led Design’?

Community-led design (CLD) is a process whereby a project is undertaken by a community group or organisation. It is a ‘from the bottom UP’, rather than a ‘from the top DOWN’ process.

It involves local people in decision-making that is informed by an ongoing process of community consultation throughout the project.

6. How did it happen?

The Waitemata Local Board selected people from a variety of groups to initiate the whole site civic open space – aka Ponsonby Park -objective. Initial planning for the Community-led design process led to a public meeting being held where interested people joined either the Facilitation Group or became a Communications Networker.

7. Can I be involved?

Anyone passionate about creating the whole site civic open space – aka Ponsonby Park, through the community-led design process, is welcome.

Contact us on: info@254ponsonbyrd.org.nz

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8. How much will the project cost?

The detailed design work will begin soon, sometime after June 30, 2019, and then accurate costs can be projected.