Ponsonby Park – June Update

The Community-Led Design Group (CLDG) is pleased to report that the realisation of Ponsonby Park, the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road, continues to progress well. Council has advised us that the ‘design services procurement’ is well underway to select the Design studio that will be awarded this significant and prestigious project. The contract was to be awarded in May. The successful design studio will now develop the chosen LandLAB Park+ concept design for Ponsonby Park to a preliminary design stage for formal approval. Once this has been obtained, they will proceed to complete the detailed design and DELIVERY.

A draft consultation plan and timeline have been issued to the CLDG. We have been advised that the timeline has been revised to be conservative – given the various Auckland Council processes required and the consultation plan.

We are pleased to note that an ‘enabling works’ package, to have on-site work underway while the design and procurement are completed, has been included. The enabling works will be underway from January next year.

The buildings have been removed from the preliminary design process and resource consent for Phase One. This will simplify the design and reduce both the time and cost of the design services for this phase of the development of Ponsonby Park. With the endowment funding for Phase One available now, this is a fiscally prudent move. It will also ensure that the results of the significant community consultation that informed the LandLAB Park+ concept design are delivered first. Being;
– A place to sit and relax
– Green Space
– Markets
– Events
– Play Space
– Public Art and
– Sustainable Design.

Phase One includes;
– Demolishing the existing building and two bays of the canopy
– Establishing the Park – lawns, and gardens
– The Pavilion – the re-purposed all-weather canopy
– The Plaza and lane
– Public toilets (that’s a relief!)

The CLDG will have representatives attending the design team meetings so we are able to input into the design process on behalf of the community. This will also enable us to accurately inform the community in a timely manner of the design development. Mana Whenua will also inform and engage in the design process.

So GET EXCITED! Ponsonby Park is locked and loaded with Phase One of the development fully funded and underway.

Ponsonby Park – bring it on!

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