254 Ponsonby Road – December Update

Another year has sped by and here we are in December already with the holiday season upon us! The volunteer Community-Led Design Group (CLDG) is pleased to report that it has been a hugely satisfying and rewarding year with the realisation of this long-awaited civic space imminent. LandLAB and the project design group have been working hard towards the start of the project with the enabling works planned to start in February next year, 2024.

The funding for this project was provided through an endowment, specifically allocated to the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road. Due to the legal requirements of the endowment, these funds are ring-fenced solely for this project.

There are 2 stages to the development being;

  1. The enabling works – Asbestos removal, adaptive deconstruction, and recycling
  2. The construction works – Formation of the civic space.

After years of sustained community engagement, it’s great to finally be here! 2024 will be another busy year for the CLDG as the development of the civic space begins on-site. BRAVO!

But for now, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been part of this journey to date. To the Waitematā Local Board for their advocacy and support of this long-awaited and much-needed community asset. And to you, our community who have consistently and continuously engaged with us throughout the Community-Led Design process, supporting us through this long, long journey – THANK YOU. We couldn’t have done it without you! Special thanks also to Martin and the Ponsonby News team.

The new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road, will be a place of diversity and inclusion, where everybody is welcome. It will be an urban oasis that will be good for the people, good for the environment, and good for Tāmaki Makaurau. We know that soon this beautiful civic space will be available for all the residents, visitors, and local businesses to access, enjoy, and delight in.

Our volunteer CLDG wishes you all a happy and safe holiday season, full of good cheer, rest and relaxation. We look forward to continuing the final push of our advocacy work for the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road, with shovels in the ground early next year.

Arohanui and Meri Kirihimete.

The CLDG can be contacted via our website 254ponsonbyrd.org.nz or through our Facebook pages Ponsonby Park and 254 Ponsonby Rd.

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