Unfortunately, yet understandably, the Ponsonby Park project has been temporarily delayed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The next step was to obtain approval for the remaining funds at the Finance and Performance Committee meeting, scheduled for Thursday 19th March. However, the published agenda was set aside in order to address the implications of the CoVID-19 outbreak. We understand and fully support the urgent need to plan an effective response to protect our community.
At the time of writing, it is unclear when the scheduled agenda items will be progressed, but we are advised that it will be soon.
In other news, we are pleased to report that the long-awaited new notice board, that replaces our ‘homemade’ temporary one, has been installed on-site at 254 Ponsonby Road. Not only do we now have an efficient and weatherproof notice board for the Ponsonby Park updates but also, the tired old wall that fronts Ponsonby Road has also been upgraded. The streetscape of Ponsonby Road is now much improved by this work having been completed. We extend our thanks to Roscoe Webb and his team for seeing this through.
We would also like to thank LandLAB for providing the new visuals of their Park+ New Build concept design. We have updated our Facebook pages with the visuals and they are also on display in the on-site noticeboard for everyone to view. After all – a picture is worth a thousand words.
We’re pleased to report that, at the time of writing, the indicative timeline for the development of Ponsonby Park is still on track.
The next stages are:
April – May 2020 Detailed design process begins with the appointment of the design company
June – July 2020 Consultation with Mana Whenua and Community related to final design details
August 2020 Construction tender
Late 2020 Construction starts
Ponsonby Park will be a place of diversity and inclusion, where EVERYONE is welcome and it will ‘buzz with the sound of people’. It will be an urban oasis that will be good for the people, good for the environment and good for Auckland. We’re excited to know that this beautiful civic space will soon be available for all of our residents, visitors and local businesses to access and enjoy.
Ponsonby Park – Bring it on!